AMD Ryzen 7 5700X review: Budget Zen 3 finally releases (and too late)

AMD finally rolled out the Ryzen 7 5700X, the successor to the 3700X (one of the most popular SKUs of the previous generation) some time ago. Like the 5800X, it’s an octa-core chip with SMT and 32MB of L3 cache. The main differences arise when looking at running clocks. While the The 5700X has a base clock of 3.4 GHz, the 5800X runs at 3.8 GHz under minimum load. When it comes to boost, the deltas are minimal, with the former peaking at 4.6 GHz and the latter exceeding just 100 MHz. There is also the question of the TDP. Unlike the 5800X, the 5700X is a 65W SKU limiting overclocking and reducing all core boosts and residency.

Unlike our usual CPU reviews, this is going to be a barebones write-up. My apologies for that. I’m dealing with a particularly persistent nuisance and my health has been at an all-time low lately. Rest assured that I will do my best to make things work until I arrive at a permanent solution.

Scores of the 5800X and 5700X have been swapped

We’ll start with our usual set of benchmarks against Cinebench R20 and R23. The Ryzen 7 5700X behaves exactly as it should: a downclocked 5800X with a limited power budget. It’s much faster than the Core i5-12400 but so is its price. Interestingly, the 5700X is the Best Selling CPU on Newegg with a price tag of $268.99.

Moving on to gaming workloads, the Ryzen 7 5700X performs much the same as its older sibling the deltas being within the margin of error. Both chips trade blows with the Core i5-12400 with slightly higher lows. Meanwhile, the Core i5-12600K pulls ahead thanks to its higher gaming clocks and IPC.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is an exception, however. Here the Ryzen 7 5800X comes out on top, albeit slightly. The overall averages are all within the margin of error, so it’s hard to consider this a win.

In most titles, the unlocked parts of Alder Lake reign supreme while the Ryzen 7 deals go head-to-head with the Core i5-12400. It would have been all good, except that the latter costs nearly $100 less than its rivals. Not to mention that it also comes with a heatsink and an integrated GPU.

Overall, the Ryzen 7 5700X is a decent processor for the masses, but its late release and relatively lackluster price make it a tough pass for me. You can buy a Core i5-12400F for a lot less or the 5800X for $30 more, which makes it pretty redundant. It would have been an absolute killer under $200, or even more, if it had launched last year.


Game – 6.5


Content creation – 7.5


Efficiency – 8


Pricing – 5

6.8

better never than late

Overall, the Ryzen 7 5700X is a decent processor for the masses, but its late release and relatively lackluster price point make it a tough pass for me. You can buy a Core i5-12400F for much less or the 5800X for $30 more, which makes it pretty redundant. It would have been an absolute killer under $200, or even more, if it had launched last year.


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