AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Workstation Build List


My trusty AMD Ryzen 9 3950X workstation started having some issues with Windows 10 last week, so I decided to stand up a new workstation with some parts that I had on hand. This short post is about my AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Workstation Build List.

As I’ve said before, the Ryzen 7 5800X is not my favorite SKU from the Ryzen 5000 series family just due to the price/core compared to the other three SKUs. I would much rather have the Ryzen 9 5900X or Ryzen 9 5950X, but they are still too difficult to get.

I originally built this system with a Ryzen 5 5600X processor. This week, the Denver Micro Center had “25+” AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processors in stock for three days in a row, so I couldn’t resist getting one.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Workstation Build List
AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processors

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Workstation Build List

Here are the current parts in the system:

A Few Pictures

This shows the CPU before installing the Noctua CPU cooler.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Processor

I have a little GPU sag that I could fix with an anti-sag bracket.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Workstation Build List
Front side cable management

Quick Benchmarks

This is the fastest system I have ever had for single-threaded CPU performance. A single-thread score of 670 in CPU-Z and 1707 in Geekbench 5.3.1 are a couple of quick measures. The system is running completely stock right now, except that I have enabled XMP.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Workstation Build List
CPU-Z Benchmark for Ryzen 7 5800X

The Geekbench 5.3.1 scores are also quite good.

Geekbench 5.3.1 Scores

Storage Performance

This machine currently has six total drives in it. Here are their CrystalDiskMark results. I have another post that dives deeper into the storage on this machine, “Some Quick Comparative CrystalDiskMark Results In 2020“.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Workstation Build List
Six Drives in CrystalDiskMark

I could easily add two more SATA SSDs, but I don’t really need them to be honest. I am also already using all the PCIe lanes that I have.

Future Upgrades

Once I can find a Ryzen 9 5900X or Ryzen 9 5950X processor, I will probably swap that in. I would also like to get an AMD Radeon 6800XT video card at some point. That would give me a lot more GPU horsepower for rendering.

I could eventually go up to 128GB of RAM, but so far I don’t feel like I need to do that. The Realtek 2.5GbE integrated NIC won’t link to my 10GbE Netgear switch at 2.5, but I think that is the switch’s fault.

Final Words

This machine has noticeably better single-threaded CPU performance than my old Ryzen 9 3950X workstation did. It definitely feels a little snappier in daily usage. This new build is also much quieter than the old workstation at idle because there is no chipset fan.

On the other hand, only having 8C/16T compared to 16C/32T is noticeable in some scenarios. The main one so far is rendering videos in Camtasia.

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