AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Ryzen 7 3700X- Should you get the 5600X for gaming?

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Every newly launched series of processors replace the previous one by bringing in technological advancements and better performance per dollar. AMD became much success with its three Ryzen series processors, thanks to the Zen architecture and after launching the 5000 series, it gave a great blow to Intels 10th gen CPUs in the CPU market.

Meanwhile, it didn’t spare AMD’s own 3rd gen Ryzen series processors and the less costly Ryzen 5 5600X beats even the top-tier processors from the previous Ryzen series. In this post, we will take a look at what Ryzen 5600X has to provide against the Ryzen 3700X which belongs to the Ryzen 7 family.

Architectural Improvements

Ryzen 3700X is based on the Zen 2 architecture while the 5600X is made on Zen 3. Both are made on the 7nm FinFet process and are equivalent in consuming power. The improvement AMD made in Zen 3 over Zen 2 is that it retained the same power consumption requirement while making the processor faster in terms of executing operations.

Zen 3 can provide up to 19% more performance in IPC(Instructions Per Clock) which means 19% better performance per clock compared to the processors made on Zen 2 architecture1)

Another great improvement AMD did was the redesign of the core layout. On Zen 2 based processors like Ryzen 3700X, you will find that the 32MB L3 Cache and cores were divided into two parts known as CCX(CPU Complex) which made 2x four cores interact with 16MB cache each.

Now with redesigned core layout, all the 8 cores can access all the 32MB of cache making a reduction in memory latency and faster processing.

Zen 3 Dye Layout


Specs Ryzen 5 5600X Ryzen 7 3700X
Architecture Zen 3 Zen 2
Lithography 7nm 7nm
Cores/Threads 6/12 8/16
Clock(Base/Boost) 3.7/4.6GHz 3.6/4.4GHz
Overclockable Yes Yes
Total Cache 35MB 36MB
Socket AM4 AM4
TDP 65W 65W
Integrated GPU N/A N/A
CPU cooler Wraith Stealth Wraith Prism


In games like SOTTR, Hitman 2, Horizon Zero Dawn and others2), 5600X is roughly 10-15% faster than the 3700X. The utilization of 5600X, however, is more than 3700X in most cases and the additional 2 cores/4 threads of the 3700X are still left for more applications to work in the back.

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Source:- Benchmark

In CPU-oriented applications like Cinebench R20, the single-threaded score of 5600X is significantly higher than the 3700X, 605 compared to 513 but in multi-threaded operation, 3700X wins by roughly 500 points3) Ryzen 5600X wins similarly in other single-threaded workloads while the 3700X beats it in multi-threaded operations and prove to be a better multi-tasking processor due to higher core/thread count4)

Ryzen 5600X vs 3700X 7-Zip
Source:- Benchmark PC Tech

Motherboard compatibility

Some of the chipsets in the table may require BIOS update for supporting the processors.

Motherboard Chipsets Ryzen 3000 series Ryzen 5000 series
A320 No No
B350 Yes No
X370 Yes No
B450 Yes Yes
X470 Yes Yes
A520 Yes Yes
B550 Yes Yes
X570 Yes Yes

Pricing and Conclusion

Frankly, both the processors are good options for gaming and productivity but in case you are looking for a CPU for only gaming purposes, then 5600X should be the best option otherwise 3700X will be better for those who are more into content creation than gaming.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
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