At CES 2022, AMD’s CEO Lisa Su announced several products including the Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card. AMD also announced an “improved” Ryzen 5800 CPU featuring AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology – the Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU. AMD claims that this CPU is “up to 15% faster” than the Ryzen 9 5900X and “up to 1.2 times faster” than Intel’s latest Core i9 12900K in some games. More details are below.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Combats Intel’s Core i9-12900K For the World’s Fastest Gaming CPU
The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D is (almost) similar to its non-3D counterpart, the Ryzen 5800X. It features 8 cores and 16 threads, with a base clock speed of 3.4GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.5GHz. It also has a TDP of 105W and is compatible with an AMD 500 or 400 series motherboard. The main difference here is its 3D V-Cache.
It has a 96MB L2 cache, of which 64MB is 3D V-cache. The Ryzen 5800X only has 32MB cache, while the 5900X has 64MB. On top of it, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is the ONLY “new” CPU that will feature a 3D V-cache, at least for this generation. You can consider this as a “stop-gap” processor, similar to the Ryzen “XT” part.
Interestingly, according to AMD’s internal testing, the Ryzen 5800X3D could compete with Intel’s latest flagship Core i9-12900K in gaming. Note that these are AMD internal testing, and the results are definitely not conclusive. We will have to wait for actual reviews before we can conclude whether the Ryzen 5800X3D is better in gaming or not.
Price and Release Date
AMD has not announced or revealed the Ryzen 7 5800X3D’s pricing, but some expect that it will be released sometime in March or April. As for me, I’m not very excited about this one. It feels like an “experimental” CPU or a stop-gap product. I would rather wait for the AMD’s true next-gen Ryzen desktop processor – the Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 “Raphael” processors.