AMD Ryzen 5 3500X processor review - Benchmark and Specs

The AMD Ryzen 5 3500x processor is manufactured using a 7 nm process technology (Matisse core). The release date is 2019. It works on a standard socket – AM4. This high-performance gaming computer solution will require a good cooling system and a motherboard based on the x570 or b550 chipset. The base clock frequency is 3600 MHz, and the frequency in turbo mode is 4100 MHz. The editors of the site believe that the most important advantage of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500x model is 32 MB of third-level cache memory (L3). To a large extent, this will speed up the system's performance when working in graphics editors and games. AND Ryzen 5 3500x will unlock the potential of any mid-range and top-end graphics card. Excellent overclocking capabilities. Set of instructions and commands: MMX, AVX2, BM 1, BM 2, F 16C, EVP, SSE4a, SHA, AES, AVX, SSE4.2, SSE4.1, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.

General info

The base and maximum clock speed of the CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3500X, number of processing cores and threads.

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The general performance of a CPU can easily be determined based on the number of its cores and the thread count, as well as the base frequency and Turbo frequency. The more GHz and cores a CPU has, the better. Please note that high technical specs require using a powerful cooling system and a quality chipset (check VRM on the motherboard).

Frequency: 3.60 GHz   CPU Cores: 6
Turbo (1 Core): 4.10 GHz   CPU Threads: 6
Hyperthreading: No   Overclocking: Yes
Turbo (6 Cores): 4.00 GHz  

Internal Graphics

Some manufacturers complement their CPUs with graphic chips, such a solution being especially popular in laptops. The higher the clock frequency of a GPU is and the bigger its memory, the better.

GPU (Turbo): No turbo   Max. Memory: --

Hardware codec support

Here we deal with specs that are used by some CPU manufacturers. These numbers are mainly technical and can be neglected for the purpose of the comparison analysis.

h264: No
h265 8bit: No
h265 10bit: No
VP8: No
VP9: No
VC-1: No

Memory & PCIe

These are memory standards supported by CPUs. The higher such standards, the better a CPU’s performance is.

Memory type: DDR4-3200   Max. Memory: 128 Gb
Memory channels: 2   ECC: Yes
PCIe version: 4.0   PCIe lanes: 20


Data encryption support

AES-NI: Yes  

Thermal Management

TDP: 65 W   Tjunction max.: 95 °C
TDP up: --   TDP down: --

Technical details

These are key parameters that will help you determine which CPU is better. Pay special attention to the release date, technological aspects of the manufacturing process (measured in nanometers), and the third-level cache (L3).

L3-Cache: 32.00 MB   Technology: 7 nm
Architecture: Zen 2   Virtualization: AMD-V, SEV
Socket: AM4   Release date: Q4/2019
Market price: ca. 130 $   Instruction set (ISA): AMD64
L2-Cache: 32.00 MB  

Devices using this processor

You probably know already what devices use CPUs. These can be a desktop or a laptop.

Used in: Gaming PC

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

It is the updated version of the Cinebench R15 benchmark. This version provides improved benchmark accuracy at testing of processors. Cinebench R20 is based on Cinema 4 Suite. It is the software used to create 3D forms. The benchmark runs for single-core test procedure without counting of hyperthreading ability.

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

It is the new version of the benchmark which is developed on the basis of Cinebench R15 (both versions are operated on the basis of Cinema 4 - the most popular 3D modeling software). Cinebench R20 is used for multi-core processor performance benchmark tests and hyperthreading ability.

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

It is the updated version of Cinebench 11.5. As all new versions, the updated benchmark is based on Cinema 4 Suite software. The latter is used for creation of 3D models and forms. Cinebench R15 is used for single-core processor performance benchmark test. The hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

This benchmark is the updated version of the Cinebench 11.5 which is based on Cinema 4 Suite soft (it is widely used for 3D production). Cinebench R15 can be used for multi-core processor performance benchmark testing. The test produces precise and accurate results.

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 benchmark is the newest software suit. It allows to account for the effect of memory performance on processor performance. Completely new algorithms provide the quite accurate benchmark testing results of the single-core CPU.

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 software suite shows benchmark testing results of the memory performance and speed of the multi-core processor. The higher the GeekBench score, the better processor. Here the hyperthreading ability is counted.

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

PassMark is one of the most popular benchmark in the world. It tests entire and overall performance of the central processing unit (mathematical calculations, compression and decompression speed, 2D&3D graphic tests). Below you will see benchmark testing results for the processor and its score. Please note that data can differ from the real-world situations.

Monero Hashrate kH/s

The crypto currency Monero has been using the RandomX algorithm since November 2019. This PoW (proof of work) algorithm can only efficiently be calculated using a processor (CPU) or a graphics card (GPU). The CryptoNight algorithm was used for Monero until November 2019, but it could be calculated using ASICs. RandomX benefits from a high number of CPU cores, cache and a fast connection of the memory via as many memory channels as possible. Tested with XMRig v6.x under the operation system HiveOS.

2.5 Out of 2 Hitesti score

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