The debate of 7 3700X vs 7 2700X still alive. Which is best? Well, the both have not too much difference but the launching year. AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor was released in the second quarter of 2018 while the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor was released in the third quarter of 2019. Both the processors are used in desktop CPUs mainly for gaming purposes. Both are 8-core processors with 3700X considered one of the most advanced processors in the pro-gaming arena.
AMD Ryzen 2700X had had a long jump from a base frequency of 3.7GHz from 3.2 GHz as in Ryzen 7 2700 version. It was meagerly improved in the 3700X version with everything else added or improved more than only focusing on base and turbo frequency benchmark.
The total cache from L1, L2, and L3 adds up to 20MB of an additional boost to the system processing memory in 2700X. The cache memory is improved up to 36.5MB in the newer Ryzen 3700X model. The CMOS FinFET switching for overclocking modes is nanoscopic and faster in both the Ryzen 2700X and 3700X processors. It has 12nm CMOS in 2700X version, the model is improved to 7nm TSMC FinFET switching in the latest 3700X for better gameplay and losses protection.
The temperature endurance has been improved with the induction of smaller and better CMOS versions from 85-degree Celsius in Ryzen 2700X to 95 degrees in 3700X models. Both the models support up to Windows 10 64-bit versions and all the popular OS.
Specs and Features
The 3700X is an 8-core, 16-thread mid-range Ryzen 3000 series CPU with amazingly improved specs and innovative design inside. It has a maximum stock boost clock of 4.4 GHz, it supports 3200 MHz DDR4 memory and has a power draw of 65W TDP. The lower TDP value minimizes losses and optimizes system performances, and lowers your electricity bills when gaming for longer durations.
All three flagship processors by AMD Ryzen series i.e. AMD 3600X, 3700, and 3700X follow the same specs model and same quadcore processing speeds. The main difference is their 12-threaded performance, Ryzen 3700X got 30% better speed than the 12-threaded 3600X version. The overclocking performance of AMD Ryzen 3700X is way better i.e. up to 30% faster than its direct competitor Intel Core i7 9700k processor. The only flaw is its sub-8-core performance 13% slower than its counterpart.
Comparatively, the 2700X processor is an 8-core 16-thread machine by AMD Ryzen series launched a year before 3700X and is still a hot-selling processor for pro-gaming. It works meticulously in multi-core performance featuring a special Zen+ architecture and an improved 12nm chipset compared to 14nm in the previous Ryzen 2700 version.
When compared to its predecessor version, there’s no increase in a number of cores. The only thing that was innovative and impressive was its leap from 3.7 GHz to 4.3 GHz in base frequency and from previously 3.7 GHz to 4.3 GHz in boost frequency.
The 2700X comes new for $250 at Amazon while the used model can be bought on eBay for around $180 – $240 depending on the condition and seller’s area. Similarly, the new model of 3700X is available on Amazon between $300 to $350 and on eBay, it is considered the 6th bestselling product and available for around $150 – $200.
While comparing both the processors, the 3700X is 16% faster according to LTT, 7.4% faster according to HW Unboxed, 6.9% faster according to Tech Sport and 10.5% faster according to Science Studios than the 2700X model.
Considering the best RAM configurations, clock cycle, and coolers, etc. 2700X may be a good choice on the budget side but when comparing the features and performance numbers, the 3700X is simply the best.
Processors and Parameters
Comparing the 2nd generation with the 3rd generation model seems odd and unjustifiable. We will be comparing their processors and performance parameters as per their applications and budget range. The high range 2nd generation processor allows a great advantage to Ryzen 2700X over its competing Intel core i7 series processors. Everything looks bigger and better, more articulated and sophisticated in the all-new 2700X processors by AMD.
The media encoding rate has been outperformed by 18 percent more efficient than the corresponding Intel Core i7 8700K processor. The file compression rate is 16% greater for workstation and pro-gaming usage, the content creation for graphics designers is brilliant with Ryzen processor. For encrypted networks, Ryzen 2700X is far better than Intel and so on.
For 3700X Ryzen processors, the cutting-edge circuitry and ICs make it the fastest beast ever planted by the company. They have blazing fast processor speeds, intense overclocking tests passed by flying colors in benchmark testing and a great reputation and legacy of its predecessor Ryzen 2700K.
3700X is way better than its counterpart Intel i9 processor. The maximum boost clock speed jumps up to 4.4 GHz at heavy-duty modes. The L1 cache is 512KB supported by L3 and L4 caches having a dedicated processing memory of 4MB and 32MB respectively. A high processing CMOS switching method is used to maintain a phenomenal PC speed throughout.
Fortunately, both the Ryzen 2700X and Ryzen 3700X are equipped with a Wraith Prism cooling system. the wraith cooling system is backed with LED controlled system that can be controlled and edited by users anytime.
The size of the RGB CPU coolers is pretty much the same. The biggest difference is its compactness in the latest Ryzen 3700X series. The LED controlled Prism fan is carefully designed and made sure that the clutter is cleared i.e. wires and pipes from the main radiator and fans along with heat sink.
In Ryzen 2700X RGB wraith prism cooler, the design is somewhat untidy and looks bigger than it’s in the updated version. Otherwise, both coolers work the same with equal specs, lighting colors, and materials used. The noise levels are improved in 3700X versions, up to 8% than the previous versions because of its compact structure and carefully mounted fins and pipes.
Innovations and Add-ons
Ryzen 2700X is 2018’s best-selling gaming processor for its uncompromising high-speed performance and competing Intel core processors for its upgraded features. The improved 2700X version was innovative, sophisticated, and empowered than its predecessor Ryzen 7 2700 processor.
The base CPU clock speed was improved from 3.2 GHz to an astonishing 3.7 GHz, a great accomplishment and innovation in base frequency with a few month’s gaps in a product release. The turbo frequency range jumped to 4.3 GHz. The TDP was 105W in 2700X compared to 65W in Ryzen 2700.
As in the 3700X version, it is better than 2700X with multiple latest features and improved design. The clock speed is slightly improved, the socket type is the same, and TDP is 65W in AMD Ryzen 3700X compared to 105W in the 2700X processor. The newer version has better power consumption and hence an improved cost per month compared to the 2018-model 2700X AMD processor.
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