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AMD's Ryzen 7000 X3D CPUs set to compete with Intel in PC gaming next month

By Aaron Yip - on 5 Jan 2023, 3:10pm

AMD's Ryzen 7000 X3D CPUs set to compete with Intel in PC gaming next month

AMD is bringing its 3D V-Cache technology to its Ryzen 7000 desktop processors, including the Ryzen 9 7950X3D, 7900X3D, and Ryzen 7 7800X3D, which will be available from February. This technology has the potential to improve PC gaming and productivity, and could potentially allow AMD to regain the top spot in terms of PC performance, a position it lost to Intel's Core i9-13900K.

The 3D V-Cache technology has already been implemented in the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which outperformed both the Ryzen 5900X and the Intel Core i9-12900K in PC gaming last year. Even when compared to the Core i9-13900K, the 5800X3D held its own in a number of games.

The red company’s decision to include 3D V-Cache technology in its top-end Ryzen 9 processors meant that it will be possible to assess the impact of this technology on productivity and rendering applications, as well as the expected improvements in PC gaming performance at the highest level of AMD's consumer CPU offerings.

The flagship Ryzen 9 7950X3D will have 16 cores, 32 threads, a 120-watt thermal design power (TDP), and an incredulous 144MB of combined L2 and L3 cache. AMD claims that this will be the "ultimate processor for gamers and creators," and that it will provide a 15-25% improvement in the performance of CPU-bound games at 1080p. Here is how AMD positions their top-tier against Intel's best enthusiast chip:-

(Image source: AMD)

According to AMD, productivity improvements that can be expected from the Ryzen 9 chips with 3D V-Cache technology include up to 52% better performance in file compression using 7-Zip, a 17% improvement in Adobe Premiere Pro using the PugetBench Live Playback Score, and a 4% improvement in file encryption using VeraCrypt AES.

It is worth noting that these claims have not yet been fully tested, but based on the strong performance of the 5800X3D in gaming, it is likely that the 7950X3D will also deliver significant performance gains. The Ryzen 9 7950X3D, 7900X3D, and 7800X3D are set to be released in February, although pricing has not yet been announced. It will be interesting to see how AMD's pricing and performance compare to Intel's offerings, particularly given that the i9-13900K was priced about $100 cheaper than the 7950X.

(Image source: AMD)

Low-power Ryzen 7000 CPUs

In addition to its top-of-the-line processors that consume more power, AMD is also introducing 65-watt Zen 4 CPUs as listed in the below image. The Ryzen 9 7900, designed to compete with Intel's 13th Gen non-K chips, will have 12 cores, a boost speed of up to 5.4GHz, on-chip Radeon graphics, and will be priced at US$429. It is intended to offer a balance of power efficiency and performance for both gaming and productivity.

Click to view larger image. (Source: AMD)

AMD is also releasing the Ryzen 7 7700 for US$329, which has 12 cores and a boost speed of 5.3GHz, and the Ryzen 5 7600 for US$229, which has six cores and a boost speed of 5.1GHz. These three processors will be available starting January 10 and will support the AM5 platform, which includes support for both PCIe Gen 5 and DDR5 memory.

In fact, we've already reviewed the Ryzen 9 7900 and Ryzen 7 7700 CPUs, so check out how they stack up in our opinion.

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