AMD confirms Ryzen 7000X3D release date and pricing

Following the somewhat lackluster debut and a lackluster response from Intel, AMD first lowered the asking prices for the Ryzen 7000 series, and now announces the Ryzen 7000X3D, the gaming-optimized version of the new processor series.

Like the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, AMD’s new processors are highlighted with 3D stacked V-Cache, a rather expensive and as yet untapped technology by rival Intel that can deliver up to 30% higher performance in applications heavily dependent on the fastest access to RAM, such as PC gaming and some media encoding applications.

Specifically, the new V-Cache allows “sticking” an additional 64MB of L3 cache on top of the 32MB provided by the Ryzen 7000 processor architecture, bringing L3 memory to a respectable 96MB, or 128MB if we’re referring to AMD processors with more than 8 cores.

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The new Ryzen 7000X3D family will include three processor models: the Ryzen 9 7950X3D, Ryzen 9 7900X3D, and Ryzen 7 7800X3D, priced at $699, $599, and $449.

Without predicting a winner, we could say that the “budget” Ryzen 9 7800X3D solution would offer the best performance/price ratio, followed by the 7900X3D for buyers who want optimal gaming performance at a good price. On the other hand, for the Ryzen 9 7950X3D opinions are somewhat divided, with the $699 priced processor applying V-Cache technology only to the first CCD, meaning that the second 8-core cluster comes with a “conventional” L3 configuration. Coupled with the fact that the 7950X3D has a 300MHz lower base frequency than the original 7950X, it follows that performance might even drop in certain heavy usage scenarios.

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According to AMD, release dates for the Ryzen 7000X3D series have been set for February 28 for the 7950X3D and 7900X3D series, and April 6 for the more affordable Ryzen 7 7800X3D.

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