Cache-Rich: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Workstation Performance Review

AMD Zen 3D V-Cache CPU (Thumb)
by Rob Williams on May 20, 2022 in Processors

First seen in its server-bound Milan-X EPYC, AMD’s brought its 3D V-Cache technology to consumers with the new Ryzen 7 5800XD. With triple the L3 cache vs. the original 5800X, the right workloads could exhibit a notable performance-boost. For our first look at the 5800X3D, we’re tackling our usual assortment of workstation performance scenarios.

Page 2 – Test Methodology & Systems

Benchmarking a CPU may sound like a simple enough task, but in order to deliver accurate, repeatable results, strict guidelines need to be adhered to. This makes for rigorous, time-consuming testing, but we feel that the effort is worth it.

This page exists so that we can be open about how we test, and give those who care about testing procedures an opportunity to review our methodology before flaming us in the comments. Here, you can see a breakdown of all of our test machines, specifics about the tests themselves, and other general information that might be useful.

For testing AMD’s Ryzen AM4-based CPUs, we’re using ASRock’s X570 TAICHI motherboard. For Intel’s 12th-gen Core processors, we’re using ASUS’ Z690-PLUS WiFi D4. Both motherboards support DDR4, but Intel’s 12th-gen can support DDR5. We’re waiting on some new components to arrive (namely a better cooler and PSU), and will be upgrading that machine soon.

The same DDR4 64GB kit of Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum memory is used on each of the test platforms. After resetting each EFI to its default values, we enable the primary XMP option, and leave it at that.

In the past, we obsessed over whether we should disable things like ASUS’ MultiCore Enhancement, but figuring out what was “best” was so headache-inducing (everyone has a different opinion), that we’re sticking to default settings here, aside from the enabling of XMP.

To ensure that conditions are identical from run to run, and to improve overall reliability, we use scripts to benchmark everything in an automated manner. Most tests are run three times over, while consistent tests that vary their results <1% from run-to-run are run twice. More sensitive tests are run five times.

Here’s the full breakdown of the test platforms:

Techgage’s CPU Testing Platforms

AMD AM4 Test Platform
Processors AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (3.4GHz, 16C/32T)
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X (3.7GHz, 12C/24T)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D (3.4GHz, 8C/16T)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (3.8GHz, 8C/16T)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (3.7GHz, 6C/12T)
Motherboard ASRock X570 TAICHI
CPUs tested with BIOS P4.80 (February 16, 2022)
Memory Corsair VENGEANCE (CMT64GX4M4Z3600C16) 16GB x4
Operates at DDR4-3600 16-18-18 (1.35V)
Graphics NVIDIA RTX 3070 (8GB; GeForce 512.15)
Storage WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB (SATA 6Gbps)
Power Supply Corsair RM850X (850W)
Chassis Fractal Design Define C
Cooling Corsair Hydro H100i PRO RGB (240mm)
Et cetera Windows 11 Pro (21H2, Build 22000.613)

Intel LGA1700 Test Platform
Processors Intel Core i9-12900K (3.2GHz, 16C/24T)
Intel Core i5-12600K (3.7GHz, 10C/16T)
Motherboard ASUS Z690-PLUS WiFi D4
CPUs tested with BIOS 1304 (March 7, 2022)
Memory Corsair VENGEANCE (CMT64GX4M4Z3600C16) 16GB x4
Operates at DDR4-3600 16-18-18 (1.35V)
Graphics NVIDIA RTX 3070 (8GB; GeForce 512.15)
Storage WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB (SATA 6Gbps)
Power Supply EVGA Bronze 600B1 (600W)
Chassis Corsair Crystal X570 RGB
Cooling Corsair Hydro H115i PRO RGB (280mm)
Et cetera Windows 11 Pro (21H2, Build 22000.613)

Testing Considerations

We use an up-to-date Windows for our testing, as well as the latest chipset driver for each respective platform. In the pursuit of accurate, repeatable benchmarks, here are some basic guidelines we follow:

  • Disruptive services are disabled; eg: Search, Cortana, User Account Control, Defender, etc.
  • Overlays and / or other extras are not installed with the graphics driver.
  • Vsync is disabled at the driver level (and in any tested game or application).
  • Default (usually Balanced) power profile is used (with screen and sleep timeouts disabled).
  • OSes are never transplanted from one machine to another.
  • We validate system configurations before kicking off any test run.
  • Testing doesn’t begin until the PC is idle (keeps a steady minimum wattage).
  • All tests are repeated until there is a high degree of confidence in the results.
  • Benchmarks of modern workloads matter, so we always try to use up-to-date software.
  • We do not use outdated data. Performance numbers seen in this article are current.

Encoding Tests

Adobe Lightroom Classic
Adobe Premiere Pro
Agisoft Metashape
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test

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Rendering Tests

Autodesk Maya with Arnold Autodesk Maya with Arnold
Autodesk Arnold
Autodesk Maya with Arnold
Blender Blender
Maxon Cinebench Maxon Cinebench
Maxon Cinebench
Maxon Cinebench
Luxion KeyShot Luxion KeyShot
Luxion KeyShot
Luxion KeyShot
LuxMark LuxMark

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Synthetic Tests

SiSoftware Sandra SiSoftware Sandra
SiSoftware Sandra
SiSoftware Sandra

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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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