AMD's new high-end 3D V-Cache CPUs could steal Intel's gaming crown

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Ryzen 7000X3D (Image: Jasmine Mannan)
Ryzen 7000X3D (Image: Jasmine Mannan)

AMD has revealed six new CPUs, with three of them featuring its new high-end 3D V-Cache technology which could bypass Intel's processor performance in gaming.

At CES 2023, AMD announced that it will be releasing six new CPUs over the next few weeks with three of them being high-end processors featuring brand-new technology and three of them allowing for a new lower level of entry to the AM5 platform. The new Ryzen 7000X3D line, which will be available in February 2023, presents the revolutionary 3D V-Cache in chips that can reach speeds of up to an insane 5.7 GHz.

If you're not familiar with the tech, in basic terms, there is an additional SRAM chip stacked on top of the processor making it '3D', this boosts the memory cache capacity.

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This is a great option for gamers as it will boost performance, however for those who use their PC for productivity, this won't really make a difference, so be sure to ensure they're right for you before committing to the purchase. We don't have pricing information for these new processors just yet but given the specifications, it's very likely they will come at a premium cost.

Cores / Threads (P+E) Base / Boost Clock (GHz) Cache (L2 / L3)
Ryzen 9 7950X3D 16 / 32 4.2 / 5.7 144MB (16/128)
Ryzen 9 7900X3D 12 / 24 4.4 / 5.6 140MB (12/132)
Ryzen 7 7800X3D 8 / 16 4.0 / 5.0 104MB (8/96)
Ryzen 9 7900 12 / 24 ? / 5.3 76MB (12/64)
Ryzen 7 7700 8 / 16 ? / 5.3 40MB (8/32)
Ryzen 5 7600 6 / 12 ? / 5.1 38MB (6/32)

For those who don't want to spend an arm and a leg on a new processor, fear not, as AMD has also announced that it will be releasing three 65W Ryzen 7000 “non-X” models across the Ryzen 5 to Ryzen 9 families. These processors, which arrive on Tuesday, January 10, will give those who want to get onto the AM5 platform without spending so much the ability to do so.

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Intel must be sweating...

Although I haven't been able to benchmark these processors since they're not out yet (duh!), the specifications alone have myself, and I'm sure many other gamers, extremely hyped. Intel has held the crown for CPUs for multiple generations despite AMD's best efforts, but this might finally be the range that takes AMD over the top.

For years now, it's felt like picking up an Intel processor has just been the default when building a new gaming PC, but these chips mean it might be the other way around with the next generation of computers.

AMD's new high-end 3D V-Cache CPUs could steal Intel's gaming crownAMD RYZEN 9 7950X3D Benchmarks from AMD (AMD)

From the benchmark info that AMD has released, it looks like this new line will bypass the new 13th-generation Intel processors, which is pretty insane. I'll admit, I'm a big Intel fan and have fashioned it's processors since I got my first PC, but if these new chips live up to the stats that AMD claim, then I might be making the switch.

Along with AMD's new GPUs, which launched last month at a price point which felt insanely cheap compared to Nvidia's, it's a great time to be an AMD fan right now.

Jasmine Mannan

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