i5 8600 worth upgrading to 3900x?

name68

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Hello, do you think its worth upgrading my one year old i5 8600 non k to ryzen 3900x ? I am photographer so i use PC to edit photos (photoshop, capture one) and also a lot of gaming. Upgrade would mean new cpu, x570 mobo and maybe faster ram. Upgrade would cost arround 830usd or arround 1000Usd with faster ram. My PC: i5 8600, 32 gb 2400mhz ram, 1080ti, 512gb m.2, 512gb ssd, 1tb hdd. Photo editing on 4K 60hz and gaming 1440p 144hz Thank you.
 

coercitiv

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No, keep your money, upgrade towards the end of the year if you really feel the itch. Or better yet upgrade when you buy your next high end GPU.
 

ehume

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I ran an i7 8700k. My daughter is using it (with suitable RAM and GPU upgrades) for work with Lightroom and Affinity Photo. I would concur with coerctiv here.
 

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Hello, do you think its worth upgrading my one year old i5 8600 non k to ryzen 3900x ? I am photographer so i use PC to edit photos (photoshop, capture one) and also a lot of gaming. Upgrade would mean new cpu, x570 mobo and maybe faster ram. Upgrade would cost arround 830usd or arround 1000Usd with faster ram. My PC: i5 8600, 32 gb 2400mhz ram, 1080ti, 512gb m.2, 512gb ssd, 1tb hdd. Photo editing on 4K 60hz and gaming 1440p 144hz Thank you.
Depends on the tool. Generally only certain parts of Adobe tools utilize multi core work, the rest rely on max IPC/Clocks (ST perf). Now the 3900x would be pretty close on the ST perf (probably better but would wait out tests) and a bunch better on MT work. But I don't know if its at a point that makes almost a full PC swap worth it. Best to see what the rest of the year brings and see if prices slide around after Comet Lake and TR3 are launched.
 

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AFAIK every test I've seen Adobe products seem to favor single threaded speed and in general are poorly optimized to utilize multiple cores. Good news is that Zen2 practically matches Intel single thread performance while having more cores so you won't be losing much by switching to 3900x. 12 cores in 3900x might also help you in certain workloads like batch converting raw files into jpeg, but you'd have to decide whether it's worth the $1000 cost. If money is no issue, sure, switch, if on the other hand you're on a budget, realistically speaking you won't be gaining that much.
 

VirtualLarry

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if on the other hand you're on a budget, realistically speaking you won't be gaining that much.
This, mostly. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love the Zen/Zen+/Zen2 architecture, been running Ryzen myself for the last 2-3 years, pretty-much since it's debut.

But your Intel CPU is of pretty-recent vintage, and it would seem like much of a side-grade myself. If you do a lot of multitasking, the Ryzen CPU might be a "win". But for high-FPS gaming, seems Intel still has a slight (if very tiny) edge?
 

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Hello, do you think its worth upgrading my one year old i5 8600 non k to ryzen 3900x ? I am photographer so i use PC to edit photos (photoshop, capture one) and also a lot of gaming. Upgrade would mean new cpu, x570 mobo and maybe faster ram. Upgrade would cost arround 830usd or arround 1000Usd with faster ram. My PC: i5 8600, 32 gb 2400mhz ram, 1080ti, 512gb m.2, 512gb ssd, 1tb hdd. Photo editing on 4K 60hz and gaming 1440p 144hz Thank you.
Here are a few photo editing applications tested.

Lightroom,and various PS operations:
https://tweakers.net/reviews/7192/8/ryzen-3900x-en-3700x-amd-stoot-intel-van-de-troon-praktijktests.html

DxO:
https://news.mynavi.jp/article/20190707-854576/3

Lightroom:
https://www.pcgameshardware.de/Ryzen-9-3900X-CPU-274670/Tests/Ryzen-7-3700X-Benchmark-Review-1293361/2/#a2

The Ryzen 9 3900X is equal or faster compared to a Core i9 9900K.
 

rbk123

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VirtualLarry said:
But for high-FPS gaming, seems Intel still has a slight (if very tiny) edge?
Only the 9900k/9700k has a tiny edge, if even, but the rest of "Intel" sure as hell does not. And he isn't running either of those.
 
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Shmee

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Hard to say, the 3900X is definitely a good buy and will be faster, but it is a fair amount of money to switch platforms. Depending on your motherboard, you may want to upgrade to a 9900k or 9800k if they go on discount soon, since you already have an 1151 v3 motherboard, though you might need a bios update and may want to consider your motherboards build quality when upgrading to a high end intel CPU.
 

B-Riz

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8700K ($345) and 9900KF ($440) are on sale at Newegg right now.

8700K needs an e-mailed coupon code though.
 

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Do you feel constrained with your current setup? Do you plan to do anything else outside of what you are doing currently?

Considering what you are running you want to compare how the 9600k does comparatively or 8600k when it is listed. Lightroom is a lot faster with a 3700x vs the 9600k, photoshop is faster, just not tremendously so. Gaming would be on prob be better considering where you are stuck with a locked CPU and you do have a good graphics card. Do you stream or have other task running in background going on when gaming? That would also tip toward prob upgrading as well. Also as suggest, you might be able to just a CPU upgrade and gain most of the performance at minimal cost to you.

Lightroom
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Photoshop not as huge a difference
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