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Similar Passmark score and similar price to a 6-core Ryzen 5 5600X -- selling at around $400 (lowest prices at NewEgg, Canada Computers, PC-Canada, etc., YMMV inventories). I wonder how they compare in terms of real-life performance.

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aviador wrote: Similar Passmark score and similar price to a 6-core Ryzen 5 5600X -- selling at around $400 (lowest prices at NewEgg, Canada Computers, PC-Canada, etc., YMMV inventories). I wonder how they compare in terms of real-life performance.
5600x will handle single core threads better than 3700x. While 3700x can handle multi threads better than 5600x. If you don't game, probably doesn't matter but I still think you get better value with the 5600x.

My opinion is if anyone were to buy a new am4 motherboard today, they should only be looking at the ryzen 5xxx series. 3xxx would be for those that have existing motherboards and the board doesn't support 5xxx CPU.
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aviador wrote: Similar Passmark score and similar price to a 6-core Ryzen 5 5600X -- selling at around $400 (lowest prices at NewEgg, Canada Computers, PC-Canada, etc., YMMV inventories). I wonder how they compare in terms of real-life performance.
It all depends on the use case. This forum is generally filled to the brim with people who haven't yet imagined the possibility of doing anything other than gaming with a processor so you'll tend to see a lot of "ewwwww....why would you get that when all you need is a 5600x....?" types of comments. I'd take the 3700x over the 5600x for a VM server (notwithstanding RAM limitations imposed by these CPUs), for example.
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gotglint wrote: thanks good to know. i have been debating between this and the 5600x for a new machine. my work uses multicore quite often.

also good to note that, from what i've read, this has a better cooler on it than the 5600x.
It does but if you enable any auto-OC features like PBO, the fan will spin up randomly and rather loudly. I ended up throwing a cheap tower cooler on, didn't improve temps but the noise is better.
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imo relatively cheap. they were 400 last boxing day and that was a good price 6 months ago
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Jep4444 wrote: It does but if you enable any auto-OC features like PBO, the fan will spin up randomly and rather loudly. I ended up throwing a cheap tower cooler on, didn't improve temps but the noise is better.
thanks, great to know. i'm in the process of building my first PC in a really really long time and im thinking about getting this CPU. (but right now everything is on hold since it's so hard to get a 3000 series GPU! wonder if this will drop in price if i wait...since im waiting for a GPU anyway...? )
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I'd get 3600x. Sometimes xt also goes on sale, can OC that one to 4.5-4.6 stable
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txenglan wrote: I'd take the 3700x over the 5600x for a VM server (notwithstanding RAM limitations imposed by these CPUs), for example.
Maybe. 5600x is faster in almost everything, including almost all multithreaded benchmarks including video encoding. There's POV-ray and dwarf fortress world generation where 3700x is faster in these tests: https://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/2665?vs=2676
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Look on Kijiji, because Newegg sells their GPUs with bundles. Kijiji is flooded with people who bought the bundles for the GPU and are selling all sorts of CPUs for super cheap.
3700x is like ~350 all in on Kijiji, brand new in box, with Newegg receipt and full warranty.
I saw a 5800x for 470 a couple of days ago.

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