AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors have been widely recognized by players and the market for their single-core performance and actual game performance that greatly surpassed their opponents. Sales popularity continues to burst. It must be said that AMD’s ZEN architecture has indeed achieved a real counterattack along the way. . It is particularly worth mentioning that although it has been four years since the release of the first-generation ZEN architecture AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, the 300-series motherboards matched with it at that time can still smoothly support the current ZEN2 architecture that is still very cost-effective. With the Dragon 3000 processor, it must be said that AMD is indeed very kind in this regard, which greatly saves the cost of user upgrades.
In addition, as the most cost-effective 8-core processor, the recent price of AMD Ryzen 7 3700X has been further reduced to below 2,000 yuan, which allows many old AMD users who are still using 300 series motherboards to have upgrade plans. However, when using AMD Ryzen 7 3700X on the 300 series old motherboard, will there be a bottleneck in the power supply? Will performance be affected? This is what this article will analyze.
8-core U cost-effective king: three generations of the same motherboard can be selected at will, power supply is very close to the people
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X price has come below two thousand yuan, the cost-effective advantage is more obvious
In fact, to find out whether the performance of AMD Ryzen 7 3700X on the 300 series motherboard will be limited, only need to focus on the power supply capacity of the motherboard and whether the VRM cooling meets the standard. From the perspective of the first generation 14nm process Ryzen processor corresponding to the 300 series motherboard, the mainstream AMD Ryzen 7 1700X has a TDP of 95W, and the entry-level AMD Ryzen 5 1400 is 65W. The 300 series motherboard should be used stably. They must at least provide a stable 65W processor power supply. Take the most entry-level A320 motherboard at that time as an example. The most basic is about 5-phase power supply (3+2 combination), using Nikos PK616BA/PK632BA (1×2+2×2) + Richtek RT8894A PWM chip, and from the motherboard According to the manufacturer’s official processor support list, such a power supply solution is no problem for AMD Ryzen 9 with TDP 105W. AMD Ryzen 7 3700X uses an advanced 7nm process. Compared with the first-generation Ryzen of 14nm process, the energy efficiency ratio is much higher. Therefore, not only the performance is greatly improved, but the power consumption is controlled at the level of 65W. Therefore, In theory, even the older 300 series motherboards support it without pressure. In contrast, the TDP of the competing 8-core processor has reached 125W, which is higher than the 16-core flagship of AMD Ryzen 3000 processor, not to mention that it is not compatible with the previous generation motherboard, and it is combined with the entry-level H410. There are also bottlenecks in power supply.
So, what is the actual situation? Next, we will use AMD Ryzen 7 3700X with various generations of motherboards to actually examine it.
Practical test: with old motherboard, performance does not shrink
For the old motherboard to upgrade the ZEN2 processor, perhaps everyone is most concerned about whether the actual performance of the 8-core U such as AMD Ryzen 7 3700X will be limited. In fact, as mentioned earlier, even the oldest 300 series AM4 motherboard, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X with 65W power supply (peak test machine power consumption is about 92W) is not under pressure, and the BIOS has been upgraded. AMD AGESA ComboAm4PI 18.104.22.168 provides the best support for the performance of AMD Ryzen 3000 series. If you have to say that the 300 series is inferior to the 400 series and the 500 series, that is the official support for PBO, but if the player uses it silently without overclocking, it will not affect it. Of course, if players want to use PCIe 4.0 SSDs, they can only choose B550/X570. Therefore, you can also see from the processor test table that the performance of AMD Ryzen 7 3700X on the third-generation motherboards we selected is very close, especially on old motherboards such as B350, and there is no performance shrinkage. This means that old users who are still using 300 series motherboards can safely upgrade to AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, and do not need to spend money to upgrade the motherboard for the time being.
So, do overclockers of the 300 series old motherboard need to change the motherboard? From our many evaluations, even if it is a 300 series motherboard with a very ordinary power supply, as long as it is not for extreme overclocking, according to the conventional physique of AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, when the heat dissipation condition is not too bad, it should be properly overclocked. Long-term use is also possible. It is particularly worth mentioning that AMD Ryzen 7 3700X with 300 series motherboards can use popular high-frequency memory such as DDR4 3200, and considering the budget of most players, DDR4 3200 memory is indeed a very balanced choice. . Of course, if players really need to use UHF memory, then they need to upgrade the motherboard to the more luxurious B550 or X570.
Newly installed, the price/performance ratio is still far beyond the competition
Previously, the old users of 300 series motherboards upgraded AMD Ryzen 7 3700X for feasibility analysis, and many players also plan to install a new host to play the latest game masterpiece. Here we take AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Intel Core i7 10700KF two popular dessert 8-core U as the protagonists, and build two sets of consoles for PK when the budget is close.
It can be seen from the configuration table that AMD Ryzen 7 3700X has a price advantage of 200 yuan compared to Intel Core i7 10700K, and the motherboard also has a price advantage of 690 yuan, which allows AMD platform hosts to choose a more powerful RTX 3070 graphics card And PCIe 4.0 solid state hard drive, so the overall performance is more powerful, and the actual combat experience for players is also better.
The actual game test also proves this point. The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X console’s game performance exceeds the Intel Core i7 10700KF console by 6%~18%, and the total price is also lower by 420 yuan, which shows that its cost performance is indeed invincible at the same level.
Don’t forget, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X platform also supports PCIe 4.0, while Intel Core i7 10700KF platform does not. From the actual measurement, the maximum read speed of PCIe 4.0 SSD with the second-generation solution has exceeded 7000 MB/s, which has doubled the PCIe 3.0 SSD, which can greatly increase the speed of game loading and make the experience smoother. Silky. If the Intel platform wants to enjoy PCIe 4.0, it will have to wait until the 11th generation Core is available (the price is not cheap). Players who can’t wait should choose the AMD Ryzen platform and buy it early and enjoy it.
Summary: Whether it’s an upgrade or a new installation, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X’s price-performance ratio is bursting
From the previous analysis and testing, it can be seen that AMD Ryzen 7 3700X with 300, 400, and 500 series can achieve full performance. This is due to its TDP of only 65W, which is very gentle on the power supply requirements. This is very friendly to users of old motherboards. It is entirely possible to upgrade the processor without changing the motherboard temporarily, and then replace all of them when ZEN4 becomes popular. For players with new installations, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X’s cost-effective advantages are also very obvious. In the case of a lower overall budget, you can also choose higher-end graphics cards and PCIe 4.0 solid-state drives. The game performance and actual combat experience are obvious. Better than competing hosts at the same level, it is obviously more worthwhile for players who pursue cost-effectiveness.
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