Will AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Bottleneck The NVIDIA RTX 3080? - PC SEEKERS

Will AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Bottleneck The NVIDIA RTX 3080?

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The TL;DR version; the Ryzen 5 3600X will not bottleneck the RTX 3080 in any way as long as the game or the task that you need to run is not heavily CPU intensive. You can pair the 3600X with the RTX 3080 without any CPU bottlenecks as long as the game or the task is not CPU intensive. When the task is CPU intensive, for example take the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, even the Intel Core i9 10900K will bottleneck the RTX 3080 at 1080p Ultra Quality settings. Continue reading to find out more.

 

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Lets begin with the aforementioned Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, at lower resolutions i.e. at 1080p or below,  be it a Ryzen 3 3300X or a Core i9 10900K, the CPU is the hard bottleneck in your PC. That is unless you move to 4K in which case the GPU will start to show its limits and the CPU will no longer be a bottleneck.

 

You can check out these benchmarks where they:

Compare a Ryzen 5 3600 against a Core i9 10700K both paired with an RTX 3080 at 1080P, 1440P and 4K.

 

Compare a Ryzen 5 3600X against the Core i5 10600K and Ryzen 7 3600X at 1080p, 1440p, 1440p Ultra-wide and 4K.

 

If you do not wish to watch the videos, then here I can give you a TL;DR version: (but still I do recommend you watch them for more information):


In GTA V at 1080p ultra the core i7 10700K and Ryzen 5 3600X spit out 221fps and 213fps respectively.

At 1440p Ultra the core i7 10700K and Ryzen 5 3600X spit out 164 and 158fps respectively.

At 4K Ultra the Core i7 10700K and Ryzen 5 3600X spit out 81 and 78fps respectively.

 

In Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare at 1080p Ultra the core i7 10700K and Ryzen 5 3600X spit out 284 and 274fps respectively.

 

Going above this resolution the game becomes more GPU bound so there is no point in looking at higher resolutions if you are only interested in CPU bottlenecks.

 

In Red Dead Redemption 2 at 1080p Ultra the core i7 10700K and Ryzen 5 3600 spit out 109 and 105fps respectively.

 

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In Player Unknown's Battle Grounds at 1080p Ultra the core i7 10700K and Ryzen 5 3600 spit out 160fps and 153fps respectively.

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In Death Stranding as you can see from the charts above, the GPU is being utilized to its full potential and there is no CPU bottleneck even at 1080p.


These results should give you a fair bit of indication that the Ryzen 5 3600, both the X and non-X variants, will not bottleneck the RTX 3080 as long as the game/task is not heavily CPU intensive.

 

If you own a Ryzen 5 3600 and are planning to get an RTX 3080 then you should have (close to) zero issues of CPU bottleneck at 1440p and higher resolutions. Even at 1080p the Ryzen 5 3600 does not become a bottleneck as long as (and I cannot stress this enough) the game/task is not heavily CPU intensive in nature.

 

If you are planning to build a new PC then my suggestion would be to wait for the Zen 3 CPUs from AMD, leaks suggest that the new CPUs will have 8 Cores in each CCX there by eliminating the latency caused by the chiplet design in the Ryzen 3000 CPUs, plus the new architecture should have better IPC over the Zen2 chips which was already really good.

 

To be blunt though, I do not think it is fair to pair a $700 USD GPU with a $200 USD CPU. But as the results show as long as you are playing games at 1440p and higher resolutions you should not face any CPU bottle-necking issues.


Update: What I just said above does not make a lot of sense. I have just proved the Zen 2 based Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X will not bottleneck the RTX 3080 at 1440P and 4K so it does not make sense to not pair a perfectly capable CPU with the GPU of your choice which happens to be the RTX 3080. I apologize for the stupid statement that I made, but still if you want to build a PC now and are looking for a CPU the latest Zen 3 based AMD Ryzen 5 5600X costing $300 USD (costing $100 more than the Ryzen 5 3600 and $50 more than the Ryzen 5 3600X / XT) would be your best option.


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2 comments:

  1. >To be blunt though, I do not think it is fair to pair a $700 USD GPU with a $200 USD CPU

    you say this after literally just proving there are no issues with all the games you tested? the costs are not comparable at all. most of the CPU price is the number of cores, and most games do not require more than 6 cores. you will never get full use out of a $500+ cpu for gaming alone. what a stupid statement to include.

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    1. My apologies. What you have just said makes a lot of sense. I have apologized for the statement made and I have also updated the article. I will make sure such stupidity does not occur next time. Thanks.

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