Last Year, AMD released their new Ryzen 5 3500X limited to SI (System Integrator) and China. Today, the CPU is available in every corner of the world. But, is it a good CPU for the price it comes in? Well, we’ll figure that out in this article, so keep reading.
If you haven’t heard about the Ryzen 5 3500X, that’s almost expected as no one even thought that AMD would release it. This six-core six-threads CPU is a spec downed version of the Ryzen 5 3600 CPU. It performs seemingly well, but does it stack up well with the competition? Let’s find out!
The Ryzen 5 3500X: Toned down version with SMT disabled
The Ryzen 5 3500X is a six-core six thread CPU based on the Zen 2 architecture. It uses the same 7nm process node and falls in the AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen family. The six cores six thread CPU doesn’t have SMT (Simultaneous Multithreading), making it a bit weak performer in the multi-threaded workloads.
The CPU has a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.1GHz rated with a TDP of 65W. It supports PCIe 4.0 and has a total of 32 MB L3 cache size. The CPU specs match with Intel Core i5 – 9400F but are quite similar to the Ryzen 5 3600 but lack the six extra processing threads. The Ryzen 5 3500X is quite a competitor and performs on par with the Core i5 – 9400F. It has no integrated graphics, like all the Ryzen mainstream lineup.
Getting hands-on the Ryzen 5 3500X is tough. AMD only ships the CPU in bulk, meaning SI will have to order a large number like 500 units. The CPU is commercially available in China and can be found in India, too, but you can find it in second-hand markets and sites. The CPU is currently available in Aliexpress, costing $150, and the tray version is available for $130.
So now, how does the CPU stack up against others in the specification category?
We are testing all the games in 1080p high settings. Our testbench consists of 16GB G Skill Trident Z 3600MHz CL16, Aorus X570 Master motherboard, and an RTX 2080 Ti. We will be comparing the Ryzen 5 3500X with the Ryzen 5 2600, Ryzen 5 3600, and Intel Core i5 – 9400F.
So let’s get on with the benchmarks:
|Cinebench R20||Single Core||Multi-Core|
|Ryzen 5 3500X||472||2639|
|Ryzen 5 2600||379||2808|
|Ryzen 5 3600||481||3604|
|Core i5 – 9400F||423||2372|
The Ryzen 5 3500X performs better in a single-core test beating out the similarly specced Core i5 – 9400F, but the six extra cores in the Ryzen 5 3600 purely show what extra threads can give in a multi-threaded workload.
|Blender Benchmark||Seconds (Lower is better)|
|Ryzen 5 3500X||2020|
|Ryzen 5 2600||1593|
|Ryzen 5 3600||1360|
|Core i5 – 9400F||2048|
The same result can be found in this blender benchmark as well. The Ryzen 5 3500X beats the Core i5 – 9400F but lags behinds the Ryzen 5 2600 and the Ryzen 5 3600. The extra 6 threads on the Ryzen 5 2600 and 3600 are always a handful of productivity tasks.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
|Assassin’s Creed Odyssey||Average Frame Rate|
|Ryzen 5 3500X||79|
|Ryzen 5 2600||78|
|Ryzen 5 3600||99|
|Core i5 – 9400F||77|
Most of the games rely on the single-core performance utilizing fewer cores under load. The Ryzen 5 3500X and Core i5 – 9400F comes on par with each other and perform neck to neck with each other. Whereas the Ryzen 5 2600 struggles to keep up with the new CPUs.
|BattleField V||Average Frame Rate|
|Ryzen 5 3500X||142|
|Ryzen 5 2600||126|
|Ryzen 5 3600||149|
|Core i5 – 9400F||140|
Similarly, on the Battlefield V, the 3 CPUs, the Ryzen 5 3500X, Ryzen 5 3600, and Core i5 – 9400F are neck to neck with each other. The Ryzen 5 3600 leads the pack with a 6% difference between it and the Core i5. The Ryzen 5 3500X has a 2% advantage over the Core i5 – 9400F. Not a lot of difference is seen.
|Hitman 2||Average Frame Rate|
|Ryzen 5 3500X||94|
|Ryzen 5 2600||92|
|Ryzen 5 3600||102|
|Core i5 – 9400F||105|
The Core i5 – 9400F surprisingly beat every Ryzen CPU in the testing. The Ryzen 3500X is comparable to the Ryzen 5 3600 here. Whereas the Ryzen 5 3600 easily beats the Ryzen 3500X. But the leads aren’t that huge.
So Is Buying Ryzen 5 3500X Worth It?
The Ryzen 5 3500X is in a tight spot, to be honest. It is not the best CPU in the price range ($150), but it still can stand against Intel and its competitors. The Ryzen 5 3500X is an ideal choice for gamers and SI. The Chinese market pre-built is filled with the Ryzen 5 3500X and is gaming forwarded too. But still, Ryzen 3600 is the best CPU that you can find in the market.
The Ryzen 5 2600 looks more compelling here than the Ryzen 5 3500X, and it costs the same. Further, the productivity and gaming performance on the Ryzen 5 2600 is better than the Ryzen 5 3500X. The Zen 2 architecture of Ryzen 5 3500X is nice, but if you are thinking of doing heavy work, the Zen+ based Ryzen 5 2600 seems more of a compelling option. Even though Core i5 is good for gaming, it still falls behind in productivity.
So if you are a hardware collector or a self-focused gamer, the Ryzen 5 3500X is an acceptable option. But still, the retail Ryzen 5 2600 is better and costs the same. Adding $50 to the $150, The Ryzen 5 3600 is the best CPU, and adding $50 looks way better. But if you are a Ryzen Fanboy and an avid hardware collector, Ryzen 5 3500X is a must-have.