After releasing the Ryzen 7 5800X3D last year with new “3D V-Cache” technology, which triples the L3 cache on the processor, leading to improved gaming performance, AMD is finally bringing the tech to AM5. The company recently announced the release of its first Zen 4 X3D processors, the 12-core Ryzen 9 7900X3D and 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X3D, available on February 28 for $599 and $699, respectively, and the 8-core Ryzen 7 7800X3D, available on April 6 for $449.
Although the MSRPs for these X3D processors are close to their non-X3D counterparts, CPUs in the AM5 family have been selling below anticipated prices, and consumers should expect the new X3D chips to cost anywhere from $100 to $200 more. During the CES keynote, AMD claimed that the new 7800X3D could perform up to 25 percent faster in gaming than the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and that the 7950X3D could beat the Intel Core i9-13900K by up to 24 percent.
The new Ryzen 9 X3D processors also bring improved productivity performance, bridging the gap between gaming and productivity that was prevalent in the previous 5800X3D. The 7900X3D and 7950X3D are expected to compete at the top in productivity tasks, with the latter beating the i9-13900K by up to 52 percent, according to AMD.
All three X3D processors feature the same 120W base power draw and a maximum of 162W, less than the non-X3D Ryzen 9 models. However, the chiplet cache design generates more heat at lower wattages, forcing AMD to limit them, and the company recommends a minimum 280mm liquid cooler for the new processors.
In conclusion, the new Ryzen 9 processors with 3D V-Cache technology are a great option for gamers, providing improved performance in both gaming and productivity tasks. Just make sure to have an adequate cooler ready for these chips.