AMD's V-Cache Enhanced Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor is now available for under £350
Want a new CPU without needing a new motherboard or new DRAM? This is your best option on AM4
Published: 26th October 2022 | Source: Ebuyer |
Want a solid upgrade option on AM4? AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D has never been this cheap
As awesome as Intel's Raptor Lake CPUs and AMD's Ryzen 7000 series CPUs are, most purchasers of these new CPUs will need to buy new DRAM and/or new motherboard. With the cost of living crisis and the related global energy crisis hitting everyone hard in the financial department, full platform upgrades are simply not on the cards for most PC builders. That said, users of AM4 motherboards have a solid, and relatively affordable, upgrade option with AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Today, AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D is available for £349.98 at Ebuyer, the cheapest that this processor has ever been available for in the UK, at least according to PCPartPicker. Normally, this CPU costs over £400 in the UK.
With practically all AM4 motherboards having Ryzen 5000 series compatible BIOS updates, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is AMD's highest-end upgrade option that AMD's AM4 platform has, at least in terms of gaming performance.
What makes AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D special?
The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is AMD's first processor to feature the company's innovative V-Cache technology, using 3D die stacking to triple the size of the L3 cache on their Zen 3 CCDs (Core Compute Dies), giving the processor a whopping 96MB of L3 cache. This cache allows the CPU to store more data on chip, allowing the CPU to process the chip's data faster and deliver users a significant performance uplift in many applications.
While AMD's V-Cache sounds like an incredible performance boosting technology, it is worth noting that not all applications benefit from having access to a larger L3 cache. AMD has marketed their Ryzen 7 5800X3D as a gaming processor, as the applications that benefit most from Zen 3's 3D cache update are mostly gaming applications. With V-Cache AMD delivered a gaming-oriented generational leap in performance while staying on their Zen 3 core architecture.
For gamers, AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D is a solid upgrade for all users of AM4 motherboards. Users of AMD's initial Zen and Zen+ (Ryzen 1000/2000) processors will benefit from the architectural benefits that were delivered by AMD's Zen 2 and Zen 3 architectures and the gaming benefits that 3D stacked V-Cache offers. That's a huge upgrade, especially for gamers. Better still, this upgrade is much cheaper than a move to AMD's Zen 4/Ryzen 7000 CPUs, or Intel's 13th Generation/Raptor Lake processors
Right now, it looks like AMD has no plans to release AM4 compatible processors that are better than the company's Ryzen 7 5800X3D. With this in mind, the 5800X3D is the best upgrade option that gamers on AM4 have without committing to a more expensive platform upgrade. While Intel's 13th Generation Raptor Lake processors can support DDR4 memory, a new Intel processor and a compatible motherboard is an expensive commitment, and that is assuming that your existing DDR4 DRAM kit is worth holding onto.
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