AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Review 103

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Review

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A Closer Look

The Ryzen 7 3700X ships in a large cubical paperboard box with carbon-fiber texture on some of its faces. There are clear markings on the front that tell you this is a 3rd generation Ryzen processor, which has PCI-Express gen 4.0 support. The back also mentions "Zen 2". There are also some "VR ready" and NVMe logos on the box.

AMD includes a Wraith Prism RGB cooling solution with this processor, capable of thermal loads of up to 140 W.

Besides 4-pin PWM for its fan, the cooler includes two additional cables, an addressable 3-pin RGB cable to control the lighting and a USB cable that plugs into one of your motherboard's USB 2.0/1.1 headers.

The Ryzen 7 3700X processor looks like any conventional AMD processor with a large IHS dominating the top, and a 1,331-pin micro-PGA in the bottom. You see national-origin markings for three places—USA, China, and Taiwan. The 7 nm "Zen 2" CPU chiplets are made in TSMC, Taiwan. The 12 nm I/O controller die is made in the US at GlobalFoundries. The two dies are packaged into the MCM at a facility in China.
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