AMD’s incoming Ryzen 7 5700X might just be the most tempting buy of all the new CPUs Team Red recently unveiled, positioned as a midrange option and seemingly offering the same performance as the current 5800X, more or less. less – just at a considerably cheaper price tag.
We’ll come to pricing, as there’s a little more to it than meets the eye, but the crux of the matter here is a few leaked benchmarks that show the new 5700X performing almost on par with the 5800X.
Like Wccftech (opens in a new tab) reports, the Geekbench results were discovered by Bench leaks (opens in a new tab) showing the 5700X achieving a single-core score of 1,645 and a multi-core score of 10,196 (as well as another entry showing 1,634 and 10,179 respectively). It’s only about 5% slower than the 5800X (although Wccftech’s comparative stats put it even closer than that).
Now, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see that the 5700X is pretty close to the 5800X, as the specs of the two chips are very similar.
The slight difference between these two 8-core processors is that the base clock of the 5700X is 3.4 GHz instead of 3.8 GHz, although the boost speeds are much closer, with the 5700X not being than 100 MHz slower (at 4.6 GHz). The new processor’s TDP is, however, significantly lower at 65W versus 105W (giving the 5700X the edge on efficiency).
What’s really telling is the price here, however, with the existing 5800X’s recommended price set at $449 (about £340, AU$600), while the 5700X weighs a third less than that, namely $299 (about £230, 400 AUD).
Analysis: The price difference won’t be that big in reality, but it will still be compelling
While the Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor has grabbed all the attention and headlines – with its new 3D V-cache technology – ever since AMD unveiled its new group of processors that will debut in April, it just goes to show that the 5700X might be the one to watch in terms of ramping up midrange PCs and moving more units.
However, there are caveats, and of course we can’t put too much stock in a few leaked benchmarks. Plus, the 5800X is still a bit faster here, and the cost difference isn’t as stark as the recommended price tags show.
That’s because the 5800X is no longer selling at MSRP, as you might imagine – US retailers have discounted the chip by around 20% at this point, so it’s achievable for around $360 (around £275, AU$480) right now. And the 5700X will of course launch at its MSRP to start with, and being $299 (about £230, AU$400) that’s not quite such a drop.
Even so, it’ll still be the best part of being 20% cheaper than the 5800X, and as such it’ll be a tempting option for those looking for a powerful yet affordable Ryzen chip for their new PC (or to upgrade a current platform). Don’t forget that AMD is also offering some very tasty-looking silicon on the budget end of the spectrum, which will also be a crucial part of these new Ryzen offerings for next month.