Final Thoughts & Conclusion
It would be easy to call the Ryzen 7 3700X an iterative update to the popular Ryzen 7 2700X of last year, but there is so much more going on under the hood. The new memory controller provides a radical increase in memory speed support, and we were able to use a 4266MHz kit with its XMP settings without a single failure, and could even overclock upwards from there. However, the super-high-frequency memory speeds just don’t seem to provide much of a gain and optimal speeds seem to land around the 3600MHz mark with decent timings. Overclocking the CPU itself yielded a ceiling of all cores at about 4.4GHz. we just couldn’t get any stability above this speed.
Out of the box, you really don’t need to overclock. XFR provides speeds reaching well into the mid 4 GHz range and performance is quite good. On the gaming front, the 3700X does a great job and provides a decent jump over the 2700X it replaces and is quite close to it’s 12-core counterpart, the Ryzen 9 3900X. From a productivity standpoint, the $329 price tag provides great value, high performance, and a wallet-friendly price that’s hard to beat, even with some blue competition.
Great Job AMD!