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Higher speeds, more memory, and wider bandwidth than the previous generation. 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ processors with the 7nm “Zen 2” core sets the standard for high performance: exclusive manufacturing technology, historic on-chip throughput, and revolutionary overall performance for gaming. From the beginning AMD’s 3rd Gen Ryzen™ processors were designed with this philosophy, to break expectations and set a new standard for high-performance gaming processors. That’s exactly what it does.

- Base: 3.6GHz, Turbo: 4.4GHz
- 8 Cores, 16 Threads
- Socket AM4
- 65W TDP
- Heatsink & Fan Included
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I don't know if I should go with this or the 3900x
Building a PC for productivity, premiere, photoshoot and Lightroom... Any advice?
How good is this in the great scheme of things? I'm looking to build a new high end PC and haven't been keeping up with processors the last few years. My current build has an i7 3770k in it.
Well.

8 cores 16 threads will be perfect for gaming for many years to come - If you want to game on a nice CPU this will do the job and won't burn a hole in your pocket.
The jump to 3800X is a waste of money for 2% increase of performance for 20% extra price.
3900X is for the ones who create a lot of content, stream and game - Basically the best all rounder with it's 12 core 24 threads.

1 year on I am gutted I went Z390 and locked in to 9700K. [running I9 9900K now - was locked in to 1151]
Edited by: "MrStanCFC" 31st Jan
Cracking price. Just taken delivery of this from ccl and paid £287 for it. Boooo
MrStanCFC31/01/2020 18:44

Well.8 cores 16 threads will be perfect for gaming for many years to come …Well.8 cores 16 threads will be perfect for gaming for many years to come - If you want to game on a nice CPU this will do the job and won't burn a hole in your pocket.The jump to 3800X is a waste of money for 2% increase of performance for 20% extra price.3900X is for the ones who create a lot of content, stream and game - Basically the best all rounder with it's 12 core 24 threads.1 year on I am gutted I went Z390 and locked in to 9700K. [running I9 9900K now - was locked in to 1151]


Thanks for the advice. Do you think I'll notice a massive difference if I decide to go with the 3900x? I've been editing on a laptop for years and I don't want lagging specially on Lightroom and premiere.
GetSchwifty31/01/2020 18:33

How good is this in the great scheme of things? I'm looking to build a new …How good is this in the great scheme of things? I'm looking to build a new high end PC and haven't been keeping up with processors the last few years. My current build has an i7 3770k in it.


Might as well grab the Ryzen 3600 if you are looking for gaming, this isn't much better at all currently. You are talking around 2-5fps difference in games(with exceptions). It might be more futureproof but for an extra £100? Not worth it what so ever for gaming in my eyes.

You do get a better cooler with this but you can grab it off overclockers for something like £20 anyway (at that price you might as well grab an aftermarket cooler).

Ryzen 5 3600 - Functional Cooler, will easily run games with at least 60fps for years to come providing you have a good enough GPU.

Ryzen 7 3700X - Pretty good cooler, slightly more futureproof but also far more expensive.


Ryzen 5 3600 will be a massive upgrade over the i7-3770k and I highly recommend it, saving £100 by opting for the 3600 will allow you to grab an MSI B450 Tomahawk Max (motherboard) for £80-£100. Just make sure you grab at least 3000mhz RAM for optimal performance(don't worry about going above 3200mhz though).


EDIT: Grab a good aftermarket cooler and you'll be able to overclock the 3600 and gain a few extra frames as well.
Edited by: "FieryDevilz" 31st Jan
I'm wondering if this will be much better for streaming 900p 6000kbps 60fps? I have to use NVENC with my Ryzen 1600 as the CPU isn't good enough for a good stream without affecting performance. Currently NVENC is messed up with Call of Duty and OBS, keeps crashing out (known issue)
FieryDevilz31/01/2020 19:01

Might as well grab the Ryzen 3600 if you are looking for gaming, this …Might as well grab the Ryzen 3600 if you are looking for gaming, this isn't much better at all currently. You are talking around 2-5fps difference in games(with exceptions). It might be more futureproof but for an extra £100? Not worth it what so ever for gaming in my eyes.You do get a better cooler with this but you can grab it off overclockers for something like £20 anyway (at that price you might as well grab an aftermarket cooler).Ryzen 5 3600 - Functional Cooler, will easily run games with at least 60fps for years to come providing you have a good enough GPU.Ryzen 7 3700X - Pretty good cooler, slightly more futureproof but also far more expensive.Ryzen 5 3600 will be a massive upgrade over the i7-3770k and I highly recommend it, saving £100 by opting for the 3600 will allow you to grab an MSI B450 Tomahawk Max (motherboard) for £80-£100. Just make sure you grab at least 3000mhz RAM for optimal performance(don't worry about going above 3200mhz though).EDIT: Grab a good aftermarket cooler and you'll be able to overclock the 3600 and gain a few extra frames as well.


Thanks for the advice I'm not just building it as a gaming PC, more of an all rounder that will do me for the foreseeable future. Already grabbed an nzxt h500i case with a kraken x62 cooler. Think this is probably the one to go for to be honest, now can I actually justify buying it
GetSchwifty31/01/2020 19:14

Thanks for the advice I'm not just building it as a gaming PC, more of …Thanks for the advice I'm not just building it as a gaming PC, more of an all rounder that will do me for the foreseeable future. Already grabbed an nzxt h500i case with a kraken x62 cooler. Think this is probably the one to go for to be honest, now can I actually justify buying it


Unless you are doing rendering and having fairly heavy workloads you really don't need this over the 3600. Personally I would grab the R5 3600 and the B450 Tomahawk Max.

By an all-rounder what are you planning to do other than gaming?
Using this with a Gigabyte x570 Master, cooling with a CoolerMaster AIO.
Very quiet and smooth with nvme, only two fans spinning.
GetSchwifty31/01/2020 19:14

Thanks for the advice I'm not just building it as a gaming PC, more of …Thanks for the advice I'm not just building it as a gaming PC, more of an all rounder that will do me for the foreseeable future. Already grabbed an nzxt h500i case with a kraken x62 cooler. Think this is probably the one to go for to be honest, now can I actually justify buying it


What he is saying is buy cheap buy twice. The 3600 will run out of legs years before a 3700x will.
FieryDevilz31/01/2020 19:24

Unless you are doing rendering and having fairly heavy workloads you …Unless you are doing rendering and having fairly heavy workloads you really don't need this over the 3600. Personally I would grab the R5 3600 and the B450 Tomahawk Max.By an all-rounder what are you planning to do other than gaming?


Yeah I get your point, I mean when I decide to build a new PC I tend to go for higher end stuff, just because I like nice things I work as a web dev but I play around with lots of things, premier Pro, After Effects, want to get into learning some Sketch Up, a little gaming but way less than I used to! I just want to know that should I want to, I can try things out without being hindered by the speed of my PC.
Why would anybody go for 3700x at this price considering the minimal performance difference from the 2700x at £160? If you have money to waste you might as well go for the best.
GetSchwifty31/01/2020 19:36

Yeah I get your point, I mean when I decide to build a new PC I tend to go …Yeah I get your point, I mean when I decide to build a new PC I tend to go for higher end stuff, just because I like nice things I work as a web dev but I play around with lots of things, premier Pro, After Effects, want to get into learning some Sketch Up, a little gaming but way less than I used to! I just want to know that should I want to, I can try things out without being hindered by the speed of my PC.


"playing around" with those programs would not warrant paying for anything more than a 3600. The 3600 is already really good at being a workstation (roughly comparable to a high end i7). In after effects and premier pro the 3600 will easily do the job for years to come.

But at the end of the day it isn't my money and I can only advise what to get. I can assure you that you can't go wrong with either and they are both incredibly good CPU's. The 3700X is certainly better at video editing, but unless you are serious about editing then sit back and think about it before you throw extra money at something you won't utilise.

Edit: Paul makes a fair point, the 2700X works slightly better as a workstation CPU over the 3600 so thats an option for quite a bit less.
Edited by: "FieryDevilz" 31st Jan
GetSchwifty31/01/2020 19:36

Yeah I get your point, I mean when I decide to build a new PC I tend to go …Yeah I get your point, I mean when I decide to build a new PC I tend to go for higher end stuff, just because I like nice things I work as a web dev but I play around with lots of things, premier Pro, After Effects, want to get into learning some Sketch Up, a little gaming but way less than I used to! I just want to know that should I want to, I can try things out without being hindered by the speed of my PC.


I was in your situ man, but I can buy a 3700x wholesale for £220. Anyway, I still went for the 3600, and everyone with sense says the same. The 3600 is a beast, it beats the 2700 in most cases, which people have been using for heavy editing work for the last year. Just because a year has passed doesn't mean software suddenly requires better chips to run.

This year the 4600 will come out, and the 4700x. The 4600 will likely be better than a 3700x (just as the 3600 is better than a 2700) and it will cost £200. If you save that cash now, the 3600 will almost certainly fulfill your needs.

Pocket the extra £100. Sell that 3600 in a years time for £100, and use what you pocketed to buy a 4700x which will be a league ahead of this anyway.

Processors are absurdly quick today. The 3600 won't limit anyone but the most particular professional.
Edited by: "zeb.mattey" 31st Jan
zeb.mattey31/01/2020 20:04

I was in your situ man, but I can buy a 3700x wholesale for £220. Anyway, …I was in your situ man, but I can buy a 3700x wholesale for £220. Anyway, I still went for the 3600, and everyone with sense says the same. The 3600 is a beast, it beats the 2700 in most cases, which people have been using for heavy editing work for the last year. Just because a year has passed doesn't mean software suddenly requires better chips to run.This year the 4600 will come out, and the 4700x. The 4600 will likely be better than a 3700x (just as the 3600 is better than a 2700) and it will cost £200. If you save that cash now, the 3600 will almost certainly fulfill your needs. Pocket the extra £100. Sell that 3600 in a years time for £100, and use what you pocketed to buy a 4700x which will be a league ahead of this anyway.Processors are absurdly quick today. The 3600 won't limit anyone but the most particular professional.


Fair play mate I appreciate the input. I'm being swayed now, I just looked at the reviews of this and felt like it was a good all rounder and actually not badly priced.
FieryDevilz31/01/2020 19:49

"playing around" with those programs would not warrant paying for anything …"playing around" with those programs would not warrant paying for anything more than a 3600. The 3600 is already really good at being a workstation (roughly comparable to a high end i7). In after effects and premier pro the 3600 will easily do the job for years to come.But at the end of the day it isn't my money and I can only advise what to get. I can assure you that you can't go wrong with either and they are both incredibly good CPU's. The 3700X is certainly better at video editing, but unless you are serious about editing then sit back and think about it before you throw extra money at something you won't utilise.Edit: Paul makes a fair point, the 2700X works slightly better as a workstation CPU over the 3600 so thats an option for quite a bit less.


Thanks man you've probably just saved me some money will take a look at that motherboard you mentioned as well. Any advice on some memory? Was looking at this but mainly because of the lighting on it amazon.co.uk/gp/…c=1
GetSchwifty31/01/2020 20:35

Thanks man you've probably just saved me some money will take a look …Thanks man you've probably just saved me some money will take a look at that motherboard you mentioned as well. Any advice on some memory? Was looking at this but mainly because of the lighting on it https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07D5SN1ZK/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_2?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&psc=1


No problem! That memory should be fine, prices have gone up a good bit since I bought mine a few weeks ago you can probably save £10-£20 opting for non RGB and going for the regular vengeance but that's up to you. Make sure you buy the Tomahawk MAX motherboard which includes the new BIOS and some improvements over the original here and there (the 3000 series won't work with the normal tomahawk without bios updates).
Edited by: "FieryDevilz" 31st Jan
FieryDevilz31/01/2020 20:41

No problem! That memory should be fine, prices have gone up a good bit …No problem! That memory should be fine, prices have gone up a good bit since I bought mine a few weeks ago you can probably save £10-£20 opting for non RGB and going for the regular vengeance but that's up to you. Make sure you buy the Tomahawk MAX motherboard which includes the new BIOS and some improvements over the original here and there (the 3000 series won't work with the normal tomahawk without bios updates).


Out of curiousity, any ideas why the i7 3770k still demands reasonable money for such an old cpu?
GetSchwifty31/01/2020 20:55

Out of curiousity, any ideas why the i7 3770k still demands reasonable …Out of curiousity, any ideas why the i7 3770k still demands reasonable money for such an old cpu?


I'm not too sure, its still a very decent CPU that's probably why.
FieryDevilz31/01/2020 20:41

No problem! That memory should be fine, prices have gone up a good bit …No problem! That memory should be fine, prices have gone up a good bit since I bought mine a few weeks ago you can probably save £10-£20 opting for non RGB and going for the regular vengeance but that's up to you. Make sure you buy the Tomahawk MAX motherboard which includes the new BIOS and some improvements over the original here and there (the 3000 series won't work with the normal tomahawk without bios updates).


The mortar max is worth a look also. It has the new Bios for Ryzen 3000, better selection of IO ports, a second m.2 slot and generally costs around £10 less. Cons are slightly inferior cooling on the VRMs and a couple less SATA ports.
GetSchwifty31/01/2020 20:35

Thanks man you've probably just saved me some money will take a look …Thanks man you've probably just saved me some money will take a look at that motherboard you mentioned as well. Any advice on some memory? Was looking at this but mainly because of the lighting on it https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07D5SN1ZK/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_2?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&psc=1


That memory will work OK but for best performance look for something 3200 speed with a CAS latency of 14. The lower latency RAM stands a better chance of coming with Samsung's B-die memory chips which are the best for overclocking and will generally run at a higher speed than advertised meaning a 3200 set might even run at 3600 (the Ryzen 3000 "sweet spot") given the right timings.
ddaann_9902/02/2020 23:03

That memory will work OK but for best performance look for something 3200 …That memory will work OK but for best performance look for something 3200 speed with a CAS latency of 14. The lower latency RAM stands a better chance of coming with Samsung's B-die memory chips which are the best for overclocking and will generally run at a higher speed than advertised meaning a 3200 set might even run at 3600 (the Ryzen 3000 "sweet spot") given the right timings.


Good to know, thanks!
ddaann_9902/02/2020 23:03

That memory will work OK but for best performance look for something 3200 …That memory will work OK but for best performance look for something 3200 speed with a CAS latency of 14. The lower latency RAM stands a better chance of coming with Samsung's B-die memory chips which are the best for overclocking and will generally run at a higher speed than advertised meaning a 3200 set might even run at 3600 (the Ryzen 3000 "sweet spot") given the right timings.


Mine are CAS Latency 16, seem to do the job quite well. They were also a fair bit cheaper.
FieryDevilz03/02/2020 19:04

Mine are CAS Latency 16, seem to do the job quite well. They were also a …Mine are CAS Latency 16, seem to do the job quite well. They were also a fair bit cheaper.


I went for 16gb 4000mhz cas 19 b-die then underclocked them to 3600 cas 14. Paid £87 for them and they're giving me solid benchmark results. Few people saying the crucial e-die stuff clocks quite well though too. They were around £71 for 16gb last time I checked.
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