The AMD Ryzen 5 3500X processor belongs to the third generation of Ryzen components from AMD. It corresponds to the mid-range of the Zen 2 architecture, and has some particularity that differentiates it from the 3500 version. We will see what the main specifications are to see if it is a viable option when building our gaming PC.
Features of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X processor
This processor has 6 cores and the same number of independent threads. This means that it does not have Simultaneous Multi Threading technology, which makes it possible to double the number of threads in each core. In addition, it has an interesting 32MB of L3 cache . At this point it is the only one that differs from the Ryzen 5 3500 version, which only has 16 MB. The lack of multi-threaded technology may be a low point, but the amount of memory tries to compensate for that weakness.
Regarding the processing speed, there is no difference with its version without the X. In both cases, the base frequency of the processor is 3.60 GHz which is expanded in turbo up to 4.10 GHz . Additionally, you can manually increase the frequency since, as is often the case with AMD, this processor is unlocked for overclocking . As always, we recommend that only experienced users do this practice, as prior knowledge is required.
Finally, we must mention that, as is usually the case with this brand, the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X does not come with integrated graphics . Either way, it is always wise to invest in a discrete graphics card to take full advantage of all the features. On the other hand, this model does include a thermal solution from the manufacturer. It is the most basic option that AMD usually includes, the Wraith Stealth . With a thermal design power ( TDP ) of just 65 W , this is likely to be sufficient. Either way, whether we are going to experiment with overclocking or not, it is advisable to upgrade the cooling system, if possible.
When it comes to mid-range processors, the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X seems to fall short and belong to a low range. Above all, the lack of multi-threads means that it does not have such considerable power. Either way, it will be enough to run games like Age of Empires 4 or League of Legends.
In short, we are facing a good processor for moderate gamers users, without too many pretensions. Likewise, the price difference with respect to the 3500 version seems unjustified, due to very little improvement in performance.