CPU Benchmark Performance: Power And Office

Our previous sets of ‘office’ benchmarks have often been a mix of science and synthetics, so this time we wanted to keep our office section purely on real-world performance. We've also incorporated our power testing into this section too.

The biggest update to our Office-focused tests for 2023 and beyond include UL's Procyon software, which is the successor to PCMark. Procyon benchmarks office performance using Microsoft Office applications, as well as Adobe's Photoshop/Lightroom photo editing software, and Adobe Premier Pro's video editing capabilities. Due to issues with UL Procyon and the video editing test, we haven't been able to properly run these, but once we identify a fix with UL, we will re-test each chip.

We are using DDR5 memory on the Ryzen 7 78000X3D and the other Ryzen 7000 series we've tested. This also includes Intel's 13th and 12th Gen processors. We tested the aforementioned platforms with the following settings:

  • DDR5-5600B CL46 - Intel 13th Gen
  • DDR5-5200 CL44 - Ryzen 7000
  • DDR5-4800 (B) CL40 - Intel 12th Gen

All other CPUs such as Ryzen 5000 and 3000 were tested at the relevant JEDEC settings as per the processor's individual memory support with DDR4.


The nature of reporting processor power consumption has become, in part, a bit of a nightmare. Historically the peak power consumption of a processor, as purchased, is given by its Thermal Design Power (TDP, or PL1). For many markets, such as embedded processors, that value of TDP still signifies the peak power consumption. For the processors we test at AnandTech, either desktop, notebook, or enterprise, this is not always the case.

Modern high-performance processors implement a feature called Turbo. This allows, usually for a limited time, a processor to go beyond its rated frequency. Exactly how far the processor goes depends on a few factors, such as the Turbo Power Limit (PL2), whether the peak frequency is hard coded, the thermals, and the power delivery. Turbo can sometimes be very aggressive, allowing power values 2.5x above the rated TDP.

AMD and Intel have different definitions for TDP that are, broadly speaking, applied the same. The difference comes from turbo modes, turbo limits, turbo budgets, and how the processors manage that power balance. These topics are 10000-12000 word articles in their own right, and we’ve got a few articles worth reading on the topic.

(0-0) Peak Power

Ignoring the fact (only for a moment) that the Ryzen 7 7800X3D has a massive 96 MB of L3 cache that's packaged onto the die through their 3D V-Cache packaging technology, the power efficiency on display from an 8-core part is impressive. Even compared to AMD's own 6-core Ryzen 5 7600 with a base TDP of 65 W, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D pulled 82 W at full load, a whole 8 W watts less than the lower-powered chip. The Ryzen 7 7800X3D has a default TDP of 120 W, while the Power Package Tracking (PPT) allows up to 162 W of power to be drawn directly from the CPU socket.

Going further into our analysis of the Ryzen 7 7800X3D, we can see that under Prime95 at full load, power is consistently delivered to the chip. Aside from the ramp up at the beginning of the test and the ramp down at the end, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D consistently drew between 80 W and 82.3 W for the duration of our test. This is at default settings, and there's a small chance that removing all of the PPT/EDC/TDC limits within AMD's Ryzen Master overclocking utility might allow for more power from the socket.

Any additional power is not likely to be a great amount, if any at all. This is because AMD's 3D V-Cache is quite sensitive to voltage. As a result of this, AMD has locked down ALL of the AMD Ryzen 7000X3D chips outside of Precision Boost Overdrive and applied AMD EXPO memory profiles, which is also technically overclocking.

When we examined the performance of the AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D during gaming, we noticed some intriguing power-related findings. We ran F1 2022 for one lap at high settings in both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Despite using the same settings, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D consumed more power at 4K compared to 1080p. During our 1080p testing, the CPU power varied between 30 and 42 watts throughout the lap. However, when we switched to 4K, the CPU power was higher, ranging between 32 and 58 Watts depending on the CPU load at different points of the lap.

When comparing the AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D to the more expensive Ryzen 9 7950X3D, we noticed that the latter draws the most power when gaming at 1080p in F1 2022 with high settings. This is because 1080p is a resolution that relies more on CPU power than GPU power. During our testing, we observed power levels ranging between 71 and 76 watts on the 7950X3D at 1080p. However, when we switched to 4K, which is more GPU-dependent, the power draw on the 7950X ranged between 55 and 70 watts during our test run.

The behavior of the AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D while gaming becomes even more intriguing and slightly strange, as it draws more power from the CPU at 4K than at 1080p. Although we cannot determine the exact reason for this, we do know that some CPU-driven visual effects in modern games are resolution sensitive, meaning there are edge cases where portions of the CPU workload can increase.

In terms of power efficiency, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D outperforms the Ryzen 9 7950X3D. Despite this, both chips displayed almost identical performance in our 1080p and 4K F1 2022 test results. You can see more detailed information about this in our gaming-specific data.


(1-1) Google Octane 2.0 Web Test

(1-2) UL Procyon Office: Word

(1-3) UL Procyon Office: Excel

(1-4) UL Procyon Office: PowerPoint

(1-5) UL Procyon Office: Outlook

(1-6) UL Procyon Photo Editing: Image Retouching

(1-7) UL Procyon Photo Editing: Batch Processing

(1-8) Kraken 1.1 Web Test

In the office and web-based section of our CPU suite, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D, we started to get similar vibes to how the Ryzen 7 5800X3D performed last year compared to the competition. In our UL Proycon Office benchmark, we didn't see the expected performance levels as the 8C/16T Ryzen 7 7700 outperformed the more expensive chip here. The Ryzen 7 7800X3D did perform better in the photo editing section of the UL Procyon suite, although it was only marginally better than the Ryzen 7 7700.

The AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D Review: A Simpler Slice of V-Cache For Gaming CPU Benchmark Performance: Science
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  • roboiii - Thursday, April 27, 2023 - link

    No one buying an x3d processor cares more about ECC memory but I'm guessing you enable that setting for your graphics cards?
  • WhatYaWant - Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - link

    Great review, just missing the 7700x omission
  • Gavin Bonshor - Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - link

    Yeah, unfortunately, AMD didn't sample us that chip. It is definitely one we will be requesting, though.
  • GreenReaper - Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - link

    Should request it as a business expense from Future. Are they being stingy over a $347.99 purchase that acts as a tax deduction either immediately via section 179 (USA)/AIA (UK) or depreciated over five years, when they netted £122.2 million in 2022?
  • Makaveli - Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - link

    Great review and thanks for adding the 5800X3D I picked up one last weekend.
  • Marxman - Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - link

    Is there a reason you're pairing the fastest CPUs on the market with a last-gen GPU and the slowest DDR5 I've ever seen? This test setup is abysmal, quite frankly.
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - link

    The current CPU testbed was setup for the launch of the Ryzen 7000 series back in September. At the time that was put together, the RX 6950 XT was one of the fastest video cards on the market. We typically only cycle our workbench once per CPU generation, as it requires that we throw out all of our work each time.

    As for the memory we used, that is following a long-standing testing policy with the site. We test CPUs with the fastest memory they officially support. Overclocked memory a) Voids your processor warranty, and b) Isn't guaranteed - which is to say that you can't RMA a chip because it doesn't overclock to some specified frequency.

    We've had discussions with AMD and Intel on the matter before. If they change these two policies, we'd be happy to update our testing policies to match. Otherwise, our preference is to stick to settings that won't break your processor, and represent a level of performance that all chips will attain, rather than a level of performance that a subset of chips may attain.
  • A5 - Thursday, April 6, 2023 - link

    Seems fair. They should be willing to warranty ddr5-6000 if they want you to test with it.
  • TMU - Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - link

    Thanks for the review. I got my eyes on that 13600k sealed the deal for me.
  • achinhorn - Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - link

    "During testing, it was evident that Ryzen 7 7800X3D provides significant advantages in gaming compared to chips without 3D V-Cache"

    Define significant, and what evidence makes it evident? Give us some statistics and relevant titles that show this clearly in that same paragraph. This and the 7950X3D review with these claims read more like sales documents to me, personally. None of the performance-related graphs on the conclusion page with the exception of Hitman 3 seem to highlight these significant advantages (which is a discussion of 300+ fps to more than 300 fps... that won't even be noticeable)

    There are many things about this chip that I like, but from a raw performance stand point, the advantages seem marginal or not at all with the exception of one or two titles. If anything, the real advantage here is the performance:cost ratio. Am I wrong? What did I miss?

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