AMD officially launched the Ryzen 5 3500X yesterday. Regrettably, the new six-core chip will not be available outside of the Chinese OEM market. Today, Chinese website Expreview posted its review of the Ryzen 5 3500X, which is probably as close as we'll ever get to it.
If it isn't clear by now, the Ryzen 5 3500X was conceived to go head to head with Intel's Core i5-9400F, which shares the same six-core, six-thread configuration. Logically, Expreview pitched the two processors against each other in its review. The publication also threw the Ryzen 5 3600 into the mix so we can see exactly how much of a performance difference there is between the two Ryzen siblings.
|Model||Cores / Threads||Base Clock||Boost Clock||L3 Cache||TDP||PCIe Lanes||Memory Support||MSRP|
|AMD Ryzen 5 3600||6 / 12||3.6 GHz||4.2 GHz||32MB||65W||PCIe 4.0 x 24||Dual DDR4-3200||$199|
|AMD Ryzen 5 3500X||6 / 6||3.6 GHz||4.1 GHz||32MB||65W||PCIe 4.0 x 24||Dual DDR4-3200||N/A|
|Intel Core i5-9400F||6 / 6||2.9 GHz||4.1 GHz||9MB||65W||PCIe 3.0 x 16||Dual DDR4-2666||$157|
The Ryzen system employs MSI's B450M Mortar Titanium motherboard and G.Skill's FlareX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3200 memory kit with CL14-14-14-34 timings. The Intel system utilizes the B360M Mortar Titanium and an undisclosed DDR4-2666 memory kit, which is the maximum memory speed that B360 motherboards support. An XFX RX 5700 XT Black Wolf graphics card handles the graphical duties.
Expreview has a pretty detailed review of the Ryzen 5 3500X. We've summarized the benchmarks that we consider are the most representative of real-world performance.
Office, Web Browser, and Productivity
|PCMark 10||Ryzen 5 3600||Ryzen 5 3500X||Core i5-9400F|
|Digital Content Creation||7,046||6,435||6,285|
According to the overall PCMark 10 scores, the Ryzen 5 3500X delivers up to 4.3% higher performance than the Core i5-9400F. Despite not having SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading), the Ryzen 5 3500X is only 5.3% slower than the Ryzen 5 3600.
Rendering, Encoding, and Compression
|Benchmark||Ryzen 5 3600||Ryzen 5 3500X||Core i5-9400F|
|X264 FHD Benchmark||50||35.47||34.9|
|X265 HD Benchmark||30||23.99||22.4|
|Corona 1.3 Benchmark||3,376,990||2,148,210||2,072,480|
|POV-Ray 3.7.1 Beta 3 Single thread||448.58||445.25||425.51|
|POV-Ray 3.7.1 Beta 3 Multi-thread||3,249.26||2,338.25||2,391.34|
|Blender 2.80 Single Thread||192.32||196.23||201.13|
|Blender 2.80 Multi-thread||25.52||34.69||36.03|
|Cinebench R20 Single-core||485||467||430|
|Cinebench R20 Multi-core||3,696||2,650||2,380|
In general, the Ryzen 5 3500X is faster than the Core i5-9400F. In certain benchmarks, such as WinRAR or 7-Zip, there's a 34% and 24.1% performance delta, respectively. However, the other benchmarks show that the normal difference is usually between 2% to 11%.
|Game||Ryzen 5 3600||Ryzen 5 3500X||Core i5-9400F|
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||249.3||238||238|
|Grand Theft Auto V||151.2||154.4||142|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||114||110||110|
|Total War: Three Kingdoms||73.6||73.3||73.3|
|Assassin's Creed Odyssey||65||65||59|
|Far Cry 5||109||108||111|
When it comes to gaming, it's fair to say that the Ryzen 5 3500X performs in the same ballpark of the Core i5-9400F. Some titles favor AMD, while others favor Intel. The Ryzen 5 3500X beat the Core i5-9400F in two of the nine tested games. Both chips tie in three of them. So the scales lean slightly to Intel's side.
|Load||Ryzen 5 3600||Ryzen 5 3500X||Core i5-9400F|
|AIDA64 Stress FPU||132W||124W||111W|
Although both the Ryzen 5 3500X and Core i5-9400F are rated with a 65W TDP (thermal design power), Expreview's tests show that AMD's chip is seemingly more power hungry. The Ryzen 5 3500X draws up to 13.1% and 11.7% more power than the Core i5-9400F at idle and heavy loads, respectively.
Since the Ryzen 5 3500X is an OEM chip, AMD doesn't list a recommended price for it. However, JD.com, a major Chinese retailer, has the Ryzen 5 3500X listed for 1,099 yuan, which approximately translates to $154. However, Intel recently lowered the Core i5-9400F's recommended pricing from $182 to $157. At any rate, the Core i5-9400F can be found for as low as $139.99.