AMD’s pumped-up, 3D V-Cache-equipped Ryzen 7000 desktop processors shall be in the stores on February 28, the corporate introduced at the moment. The rollout will begin with the 12-core Ryzen 9 7900X3D and the 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X3D, which can begin at $599 and $699, respectively. A less expensive mannequin, the eight-core Ryzen 7 7800X3D, shall be obtainable for $449 however will not launch till April 6.
All of those CPUs are successors to the unique Ryzen 7 5800X3D, and their gross sales pitch is comparable. AMD is stacking 64MB of further L3 cache on high of the common Ryzen 7000 CPUs, which might present an enormous efficiency bump for software program (like video games) that’s particularly delicate to cache sizes and speeds.
These costs are literally not all that a lot greater than the launch costs for the unique Ryzen 7000 CPUs again in August—the 7950X3D has the identical launch value because the 7950X, and the 7900X3D and 7800X3D are solely $50 costlier than their counterparts. However costs have come down lots since then; the 7950X normally prices between $550 and $600 now, and non-X-series CPUs just like the Ryzen 7 7700 and Ryzen 9 7950 are even cheaper. The X3D chips’ costs will ultimately come down, too, however they’re nonetheless considerably costlier than the variations with out the additional cache.
It appears to be like like AMD mounted among the limitations that the unique 5800X3D had when it got here out. Most notably, there at the moment are 12- and 16-core choices for individuals who use their PC for issues apart from gaming. The X3D sequence CPUs nonetheless run at decrease clock speeds than comparable X-series CPUs, however the hole is a bit smaller. And the CPUs assist some restricted efficiency tuning through the Precision Increase Overdrive and Curve Optimizer options, along with reminiscence overclocking.
However the X3D chips nonetheless do not assist typical overclocking options obtainable in the remainder of the Ryzen CPUs, nor do they assist altering the CPUs’ default 120 W TDP limits. This may increasingly additional restrict the efficiency of the 12- and 16-core CPUs in apps that do not care about cache—the 7900X and 7950X have a default TDP of 170 W, which lets them run sooner for longer. The Ryzen 5800X3D additionally ran hotter than different Ryzen CPUs, however Ryzen 7000’s baseline temperatures are already pretty toasty, so we’ll want to check them to match.
AMD says the brand new CPUs would require a socket AM5 motherboard with an up to date BIOS and chipset driver, and the corporate additionally “suggest[s] utilizing no less than a 280mm all-in-one liquid cooler for the very best efficiency.”
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