AMD Ryzen 5 3500 – Review, Price, Specification, And More

AMD Ryzen 5 3500 - Review

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When it comes to gaming and multitasking, AMD took a giant leap over rivals Intel by releasing Ryzen processors. These processors provided beter performance because of their multi-threading capabilities. Out of all of them, the 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen 5 3500 provides great value for money as a mid-tier budget powerhouse of a processor.

But how good is it compared to other AMD Ryzen and Intel Core processors with similar price tags? Read this review to find out!

AMD Ryzen 5 3500 Specifications

When it comes to specifications, the AMD Ryzen 5 3500 has:

No. of Cores6
No. of Threads6
Base Clock Speed3.6 GHz
Boost Clock Speed4.1 GHz
Cache19 MB
PCIe Lanes24x PCIe 4.0 Lanes
Power Consumption95 Watts
L3 cache32 MB
Compatible MotherboardAM4 Socket Motherboards

AMD Ryzen 5 3500 Benchmarks

AMD Ryzen 5 3500 Benchmarks

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In order to determine the performance of a processor or a graphics card, seeing its benchmark scores is crucial. These scores determine how well processors perform when they handle various resource-intensive tasks. Let’s take a closer look at AMD Ryzen 5 3500 benchmark scores.

1. Cinebench R23

Cinebench R23

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Cinebench R23 is a benchmarking software that can assess the capabilities of your hardware, like your processor and graphics card. This is best used for measuring the rendering performance of processors. It’s used to asses whether Cinema4D (3D application) can take best utilize all the cores of the processor or not.

ProcessorSingle CoreMulti-Core
3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 35004722639
1st Gen AMD Ryzen 5 1600X3712728
2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X4293956
9th Gen Intel Core i5 9600K4792589
8th Gen Intel Core i7 8700K4733470

Here, we see that the AMD Ryzen 5 3500 fares relatively decently on both single-core and multi-core performance. Compared to the 1st Gen AMD Ryzen 1600X, this processor fares better in single-core but drops poorly in multi-core performance.

The same can be said when compared to the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, which fares significantly better in multi-core performance. This can be attributed to the 1:1 threading of Ryzen 5 3500, while the others have 1:2 multithreading.

Compared to Intel i5 6900K and i7 8700K processors, this processor is similar to the i5 (considered to be its Intel counterpart). However, it loses out to the i7 in multi-core performance.

Here, it can be seen that this processor has good single-core power but less multi-core power due to less multithreading. Therefore, it can be said that it is good for gaming but not that great for rendering videos and animations.

2. 7 Zip File Manager

7 Zip File Manager

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To check the power of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500, I checked its compression and decompression capabilities in 7z File Manager.

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 35004020643480
1st Gen AMD Ryzen 5 1600X4013657154
2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X5024180002
9th Gen Intel Core i5 9600K3527543827
8th Gen Intel Core i7 8700K4725358438

In this test, we see that this processor fares better than the 1600X and the i5 9600K in compression (more resource intensive). However., it’s poorer in decompression. Compared to all the other processors here. Therefore, it can be said that the multithreaded processing power of the 3500 is severely lacking (25% slower than the 1st Gen 1600X).

3. Blender


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Blender is a 3D modeling software that is heavily dependent on the rendering power of the processor.

ProcessorRender Time (Lower = Better)
3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 35002034
1st Gen AMD Ryzen 5 1600X1779
2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X1132
9th Gen Intel Core i5 9600K1891
8th Gen Intel Core i7 8700K1401

Here, the tests showed that the R5 3500 is significantly 14% slower than all the other processors. This means AMD reduced the overall power of the 3500 compared to the first gen 1600X. 

4. System Power Consumption

System Power Consumption

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We made use of Blender Open Data to calculate how much power the processor uses when it’s on.

ProcessorPower Consumption (Lower = Better)
3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 3500141
1st Gen AMD Ryzen 5 1600X190
2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X221
9th Gen Intel Core i5 9600K142
8th Gen Intel Core i7 8700K176

Here, we see that the AMD Ryzen 5 3500 consumes significantly lesser power than the other processors on this list. Therefore, this will be a good buy if you want to reduce your electricity bills by 10%.

AMD Ryzen 5 3500 Gaming Benchmarks And Performance

AMD Ryzen 5 3500 benchmark & performence

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Most users interested in the AMD Ryzen 5 3500 buy it for gaming (same for other Ryzen processors as well). We all know that games are mostly dependent on the power of the graphics card. However, processors play a big role in influencing the frame rates as well. This can be seen with the HP Pavilion gaming computer AMD Ryzen 5 3500 3.6ghz processor.

Therefore, I decided to play two games (one single-player, one multiplayer) on both 1080p resolution and 1440p resolution. In addition, I played both games here at Very High settings. Here are the test results. However, I did not use the weaker HP Pavilion Gaming PC AMD Ryzen 5 3500 3.6ghz processor here.

Instead, here are the configurations for my gaming PC:

Operating System (OS)Windows 10 Pro
DisplayLG Ultragear 144Hz Monitor (2560 x 1440p resolution)
Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Memory (RAM)16GB 
Storage256GB SSD

1. Assassins Creed Valhalla

Assassins Creed Valhalla

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This 2021 game is famous for drawing power to render its vast open-world areas and gorgeous vistas.

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 35006355
1st Gen AMD Ryzen 5 1600X6050
2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X7060
9th Gen Intel Core i5 9600K7060
8th Gen Intel Core i7 8700K7762

Here, Assassins Creed: Valhalla fared significantly better on Intel processors. I was surprised to see the i5 9600K performing better here than the R7 2700X, the latter of which is better overall. Since gaming is mostly dependent on single-core power, the 3500 performs better than the R5 1600X.

2. Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042

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This game takes a lot of processing power to render the movements of 120 players on the same map. 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 35008065
1st Gen AMD Ryzen 5 1600X9185
2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X10192
9th Gen Intel Core i5 9600K8478
8th Gen Intel Core i7 8700K114106

Here, we see that Battlefield 2042 is dependent on multithreading performance (most multiplayer games are). This is because online games need processing power to show the real-time movement of all the players. Models and textures are handled by the graphics card

The R5 3500 performs the worst here. Even the 1st Gen R5 1600X with better multithreading performs better.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)?

Some frequently asked questions related to the AMD Ryzen 5 3500 6 core processor asked by gamers (mostly) are:

Q1. Which Is The Intel Equivalent Of AMD Ryzen 3500?

Ans – If you are looking for the Intel Core equivalent of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500, then it will be the 9th Generation Intel Core i5 9600K.

Q2. Is AMD Ryzen 3500 Good For Gaming?

Ans – Yes, AMD Ryzen 5 3500 is a good processor for gaming. However, it is best suited for mid-range computer builds. It has a possibility to bottleneck if paired with a high-end graphics card (like NVIDIA GeForce RTX cards).

Final Verdict: Is The AMD Ryzen 5 3500 Worth Its Price?

In my opinion, the $159 is somewhat of a divisive price for the AMD Ryzen 5 3500 processor. This is because, for $10 more, you can get the far better AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor. In addition, for $15 more, you can get the Intel Core i5 6900K, which offers slightly bit better performance. 

Even if it’s a good professor on its own, I would suggest going for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 instead. Go for this only if you are in a slightly strict budget.



Debamalya is a professional content writer from Kolkata, India. Constantly improving himself in this industry for more than three years, he has amassed immense knowledge regarding his niches of writing tech and gaming articles. He loves spending time with his cats, along with playing every new PC action game as soon as possible.

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