Hard to believe it’s been almost four months since AMD announced the AMD Ryzen 3000 series. In that time, this platform has undergone quite a few changes, all for the better I might add. All of the firmware updates from AMD and motherboard vendor side have improved mainly in increased compatibility and adding high-speed DRAM support. As it stands, the Ryzen 7 3800X is a better CPU today than it was at launch. What follows is what you may expect out of a Ryzen 7 3800X in everyday use, gaming, and productivity right now.
Where high end gaming CPUs are concerned, the Ryzen 7 3800X may not be the fastest money can buy, but as you might suspect that’s more academic than experienced. On the flip side where content creation and general productivity applications go, the Ryzen 7 3800X is indeed the fastest eight-core/16 thread CPU there is on the market. It is this balance of being more than fast enough for gaming, and being the outright fastest for everything else which makes the Ryzen 7 3800X so compelling.
AMD’s clock frequencies with the Ryzen 7 3800X are quite ambitious. Prior to AGESA 126.96.36.199 ABBA, it was fairly uncommon for the CPUs to reach the claimed maximum frequency. Since then, AMD has remedied the situation and as it stands, your Ryzen CPU should readily reach the claimed frequencies under the appropriate loads. In some cases, the frequencies go even beyond the specification slightly.