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 Cores||6|
|No. of Threads||6|
|Base Clock Speed||3.6 GHz|
|Boost Clock Speed||4.1 GHz|
|PCIe Lanes||24x PCIe 4.0 Lanes|
|Power Consumption||95 Watts|
|L3 cache||32 MB|
|Compatible Motherboard||AM4 Socket Motherboards|
AMD Ryzen 5 3500 Benchmarks
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 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.
|3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 3500||472||2639|
|1st Gen AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||371||2728|
|2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X||429||3956|
|9th Gen Intel Core i5 9600K||479||2589|
|8th Gen Intel Core i7 8700K||473||3470|
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
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 3500||40206||43480|
|1st Gen AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||40136||57154|
|2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X||50241||80002|
|9th Gen Intel Core i5 9600K||35275||43827|
|8th Gen Intel Core i7 8700K||47253||58438|
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).
Blender is a 3D modeling software that is heavily dependent on the rendering power of the processor.
|Processor||Render Time (Lower = Better)|
|3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 3500||2034|
|1st Gen AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||1779|
|2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X||1132|
|9th Gen Intel Core i5 9600K||1891|
|8th Gen Intel Core i7 8700K||1401|
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
We made use of Blender Open Data to calculate how much power the processor uses when it’s on.
|Processor||Power Consumption (Lower = Better)|
|3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 3500||141|
|1st Gen AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||190|
|2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X||221|
|9th Gen Intel Core i5 9600K||142|
|8th Gen Intel Core i7 8700K||176|
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
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|
|Display||LG Ultragear 144Hz Monitor (2560 x 1440p resolution)|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti|
1. Assassins Creed Valhalla
This 2021 game is famous for drawing power to render its vast open-world areas and gorgeous vistas.
|3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 3500||63||55|
|1st Gen AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||60||50|
|2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X||70||60|
|9th Gen Intel Core i5 9600K||70||60|
|8th Gen Intel Core i7 8700K||77||62|
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
This game takes a lot of processing power to render the movements of 120 players on the same map.
|3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 3500||80||65|
|1st Gen AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||91||85|
|2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X||101||92|
|9th Gen Intel Core i5 9600K||84||78|
|8th Gen Intel Core i7 8700K||114||106|
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:
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.
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.