Waste of Silicon: AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT CPU Review & Benchmarks (vs. 3700X, 3900X, More)

AMD’s Ryzen 7 3800XT CPU benchmarked vs. the R9 3900X, R5 3600XT, 3700X, and Intel CPUs. Questionable use of sand, here.
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Watch our AMD R5 3600XT review & overclocking information here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7x6OvVU90A

Find our CPU testing methodology for 2020 over here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg9WgwIkhvU&feature=emb_title
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The AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT is as oddly positioned as was the original AMD R7 3800X CPU. In our 3800X review, we concluded “don’t waste the money,” noting that the 3700X made more sense. Now, with the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X being cheaper than at launch (it typically sits around $400, as the official new MSRP), a same-priced 3800XT leaves us scratching our heads. AMD is trying to raise ASP, it seems, because otherwise, the XT series doesn’t have the same punch as other AMD launches. The company is starting to circle the Intel CPU release pattern of many years ago, and that concerns us. Either way, we’re benchmarking the AMD R7 3800XT vs. the 3900X, 3800X, 3700X, Intel i9-10900K, i7-10700K, 10600K, and more. We briefly talk about Infinity Fabric clocks, overclocking, and voltages here, but our higher focus on overclocking is in the 3600XT CPU review (linked above). Benchmarks again look at the best CPUs for video editing, Adobe Premiere, gaming, Blender, code compile, and similar workloads.


AMD R7 3800XT on Amazon: https://geni.us/6APcuX
AMD R9 3900X on Amazon: https://geni.us/31e4Wc
AMD R5 3600XT on Amazon: https://geni.us/ElRgFiz
AMD R5 3600 (non-XT) on Amazon: https://geni.us/Czsy
Intel i5-10600K on Amazon: https://geni.us/9xEIUZ
Intel i9-10900K on Amazon: https://geni.us/Tps89G0
AMD R7 3700X on Amazon: https://geni.us/QDP6KIV


00:00 – R7 3800XT, 3800X, 3700X Comparison
04:15 – Three Kingdoms Benchmark & Important 3800XT Notes
05:48 – F1 2019 Benchmarks 3800XT vs. 3900X, 3700X, 10600K
06:51 – Hitman 2 Benchmarks 3800XT vs. 10600K, 3700X, etc.
07:47 – Red Dead Redemption 2 CPU Benchmarks
09:00 – GTA V 3800XT Stock vs. Overclocked, et al.
09:51 – Assassin’s Creed CPU Benchmarks R7 3800XT
11:06 – Blender Cycles CPU Rendering Benchmarks
12:57 – Adobe Premiere & Video Editing Best CPUs
14:32 – 7-Zip Compression & Decompression Top CPUs
15:25 – Programming Code Compile CPU Benchmarks (3800XT, 3900X)
16:26 – HandBrake Transcode CPU Benchmarks
17:09 – AMD R7 3800XT Power Consumption
17:31 – Conclusion: AMD Losing Sight of Objectives

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44 thoughts on “Waste of Silicon: AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT CPU Review & Benchmarks (vs. 3700X, 3900X, More)”

  1. Around here, 3700x is inflated in price and 3800xt is always on discount so the 3700x, 3800x and 3800xt costs almost the same. 3900x is overpriced again. So I think I'll go with the xt.

  2. 3800XT is the best pure gaming Ryzen 3000 cpu. 4 cores on a ccx works great with process lasso and avoids the ccx-to-ccx latency penalty… unlike that lowly 3 core-per-ccx 3900 that is overrated for people who don’t stream.

  3. Im thinking that IF the 3700x drops in price a great deal after Nov 5th.. I might get one since I have a brand new x570 Aouros mainboard just sitting here. The rig will be meant for gaming and unpacking .rar files mostly.. Worth it or should I just aim for the new 5000-series? GPU is a sadly the gtx1080.. none TI..

  4. I find this title very harsh and unnecessarily so. This video made me so skeptical about even giving the CPU a try and it shouldn't have. I got the CPU alongside a MSI Tomahawk for combined 360€ about a week ago and at that price it's great. It's about what a 3900X costs alone. And the 3800XT does beat the 3900X overall in gaming performance and 8 cores is a good compromise for most of us casually streaming.

    I get the hole point of this being justified upon release but maybe it'd be beneficial to name the titles more accordingly because as prices drop these overhauls 'that shouldn't exist' or 'are a waste of silicon' outperform their counterparts massively in price/value as time passes. F.e. i could've saved exactly 20€ if I chose a 3700X instead of the 3800XT.

  5. Thanks for the review! Micro center has a sale on 3800xt $299.99. Too bad it’s 80 miles away. However, I found a new one for $290 on Facebook marketplace. I was planning to get the 3700x but the 3800x and xt prices are reasonable enough to consider now.

  6. I just got this apart of a bundle deal for around $275. Is this a deal for beginner pc build or should I return and invest in a better cpu

  7. Coming back to this now as I've given up on getting a Zen3 anytime soon.
    With current pricing and availability, it actually worked out as the best value of the CPUs I could buy right now (that's the caveat, there are better options but they're not available).
    3600XT was an option (3600 & 3600X about the same price) with the price gap to the 3800XT being fairly small (3700X being just a few quid cheaper). The gap to the 3900XT (actually cheaper than 3900X) was much larger. Too much larger 🙂
    I guess the 3800XT has finally found a place where it makes sense 😉

  8. Worth noting this was with 3200mhz c14 ram, which is slightly below the more optimal 3600mhz c14 or c16 ram. It’s not a huge difference but AMD CPU speeds do depend on RAM more than Intel CPUs.

  9. Chips like these aren't meant to be bought individually, they are meant to be bought as a bundle. In a bundle motherboard deal these go for 90 dollars cheaper or more. I got one during the last Amazon Day along with a motherboard I later returned. Amount saved, $92.05. There were no deals on 3700X and have never seen any. So a 3700X at MSRP vs bundled 3800XT is more than competitive price wise.

  10. I picked up this chip back in early December for £20 (I'm in the UK) more than the 3700X. I was after the 5900X but you all know what happened there. Well happy with the purchase so far and this is my first AMD build since Athlon 64.

  11. This video had me worried as I just ordered a 3800XT – but I'm confident I made the right choice. The biggest issue here seems to be the pricing comparison to the 3900x – my 3800XT cost around £310, whilse the £3900X is around £420. Definitely the better choice at 75% of the cost.

  12. Heh. Actually gonna buy the 3800xt.

    It's on sale for 300 bucks and compatible with my x370 mobo.

    Yeah, 5800x would be better now, but, ugh, new mobo as well.

  13. damn…just watched a super long video on my cpu getting dunked XD Where I'm from, the 3900X costs 50% more and the 3700X is about 5% less, so the 3800XT makes sense

  14. Just bought a 3800XT for $250. Upgrading from a 2700X (Paid 130$ February 2020). The fact that that it beats my 2700X overclocked (4.15ghz) by 15% – 20% at STOCK makes me think I got a very good deal. Nevermind overclocking….

    I have a Crosshair VI X370, so I am limited in my upgrades (I would have bought a 5600X at $280 if my board supported it).

  15. LOL i was looking to build my friend a dirt cheap X570 system,
    looking for CPUs under 300,
    spots the 3800XT,
    wonders what the T is all about since i only heard of X…
    searches it…
    Result: "Waste of silicon"

    Me: Ah… that's a Gamers Nexus video. Must watch before buy!

  16. I have to disagree in your assessment. (with respect) In my case…. I'm coming from a 10yr system. (Intel Bloomfield) So, for me it was a huge upgrade! not to to mention, it was completely new arch change over for me. Last AMD system was an Athlon X2xxx (cant remember) That's point 1: Point 2: it was a price point for me 3900X was to much for me at the time, and the 3700X well… that was just a tiny MHz jump on my part. 🙂

    Yes, you guessed it. new box is a 3800XT! haha

  17. Watch our R5 3600XT review with a lot of frequency and voltage/OC info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7x6OvVU90A
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    Our R5 3600 old vs. new silicon quality video may interest you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJjqUyrWgwg
    Find our CPU testing methodology for 2020 over here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg9WgwIkhvU&feature=emb_title
    Article version of CPU testing methodology: https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3577-cpu-test-methodology-unveil-for-2020-compile-gaming-more


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