AMD reveals its Ryzen 7 5800X3D - The "World's Fastest Gaming Processor"
AMD's AM4 socket is getting a last hurrah!
Published: 4th January 2022 | Source: AMD |
AMD's V-Cache technology is entering the CPU market in Spring 2022
AMD's Zen 4 processors are due to launch in H2 2022 alongside AMD's new AM5 motherboard platform, bringing to an end the AM4 era. That said, AMD's AM4 socket is not dead, and AMD plans to unleash a new Ryzen 5000 series processor that promises a generation leap in gaming performance. That's right, V-Cache is coming to Ryzen.
At CES 2022, AMD revealed a single V-Cache enhanced Ryzen processor, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, a new AM4 processor that promises to deliver an average performance boost of 15% in gaming workloads when compared to a Ryzen 9 5900X, which is currently AMD's fastest gaming CPU. In AMD's testing, performance gains of between 9% and 36% are showcased, highlighting the performance benefits that a larger L3 cache can deliver.
When compared to AMD's standard Ryzen 5800X, AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D features 96 MB of L3 cache. That's a 3x increase in L3 cache size over a standard Ryzen 7 5800X. Aside from that, the CPU is almost identical, featuring the same core count and thread count.
Strangely, some of the specifications of AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D are lower than AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X, with the 5800X having higher base and boost clock speeds. While the Ryzen 7 5800X has higher base/boost clock speeds, it remains to be seen whether AMD's average clock speeds are lower with their Ryzen 7 5800X3D. This will require dedicated testing when the Ryzen 7 5800X3D launches. Regardless, AMD's enlarged L3 Cache and boosted gaming performance is more than worth the few hundred Megahertz that the Ryzen 7 5800X3D has lost on paper.
|Ryzen 7 5800X||Ryzen 7 5800X3D|
|Base Clock||3.8 GHz||3.6 GHz|
|Boost Clock||4.7 GHz||4.5 GHz|
|L2 Cache||4 MB||4 MB|
|L3 Cache||32 MB||96 MB|
Gaming Leadership - Beating the i9-12900K (Even with DDR5)
AMD tested their Ryzen 7 5800X3D with 2x8 GB of 3600MHz DDR4 memory against a similarly spec'd Intel i9-12900K system with 2x16GB of 5200 MHz DDR5 memory, revealing that AMD's enhanced Ryzen 5000 series processors can deliver similar or better gaming performance.
With these results, AMD has claimed that they have created the "world's fastest gaming processor", delivering performance advantages as large as 17%. This is good news for AMD, as it gives AM4 users a clear upgrade path that doesn't require a new memory standard or a new motherboard. Upgrading to a Ryzen 7 5800X3D will be cheaper than an upgrade to Alder Lake.
AMD's website has confirmed that their Ryzen 7 5800X3D will be supported on AMD's X570, B550, A520, X470 and B450 motherboards. This should allow most Ryzen users to upgrade to a Ryzen 7 5800X3D.