The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, what the pink staff calls the “world’s quickest gaming CPU”, now has a worth and launch date: it’ll value $449 and hit cabinets on the 20th of April. A fast examine of Intel’s present prime chip, the Core i9-12900Ok, has it at $614 – in order that’s probably a giant saving, if the Ryzen 7 3800X3D actually can outpace it. UK pricing remains to be TBD.
If the Ryzen 7 3800X3D can problem the mighty Core i9, one of many greatest gaming CPUs Intel has ever made, it could even be on the again of a comparatively uncommon strategy to efficiency boosting. Whereas it has the identical eight cores and 16 thread rely of the unique Ryzen 7 3800X, with increase clock speeds as much as 4.5GHz, it’s the primary gaming-focused AMD processor with their 3D V-Cache tech. This permits 64MB of further L3 cache to actually sit on prime of the prevailing 32GB L3 cache, for 92MB complete; by comparability, the Ryzen 9 5900X has 64MB, and the Core i9-12900Ok has 30MB.
The latter reveals that cache dimension isn’t the be all and finish all of efficiency, however on paper, having extra might certainly produce just a few extra frames per second in video games. If the CPU tries to learn knowledge that isn’t already saved in its personal cache, it’ll then should examine the slower system RAM as a substitute, so having extra room within the sooner L3 cache (and thus extra knowledge to learn from, or house to put in writing to) ought to velocity issues up not less than a little bit. AMD’s director of technical advertising Robert Hallock says this variation makes the Ryzen 7 5800X3D “15% sooner” than the Ryzen 9 5900X, which might make it sooner than the Core i9-12900Ok as nicely. Perhaps. I’ve requested a 5800X3D to see how nicely that stands up in benchmarks.
Hallock introduced the CPU deets as a part of an Ryzen Spring Replace video, by which he additionally confirmed that upcoming (however undated) launch of six different CPUs. These are usually extra budget-minded chips for extra reasonably priced PC builds, to the purpose that solely half of them use the present Zen Three core structure. The others carry again the outdated Zen 2 design, and are named in accordance with 4000 sequence titles.
Listed below are the Zen 2 chips, with US pricing…
- AMD Ryzen 3 4100 (4C/8T) – $99
- AMD Ryzen 5 4500 (6C/12T) – $129
- AMD Ryzen 5 4600G (6C/12T) – $154
…and listed below are the Zen Three chips:
- AMD Ryzen 5 5500 (6C/12T) – $159
- AMD Ryzen 5 5600 (6C/12T) – $199
- AMD Ryzen 7 5700X (8C/16T) – $299
Of the six, I’m most intrigued by the Ryzen 5 5600. The Ryzen 5 5600X was maybe the most effective single CPU for gaming builds earlier than the Intel Core i5-12600Ok got here alongside, so it’ll be fascinating to see if a barely downclocked however even cheaper model can present one other different.
The ultimate information nugget is that getting old AMD 300 sequence motherboards are getting a shock compatibility improve to work with Zen Three CPUs, which they by no means have till now. AMD is offering a brand new model of AGESA (AMD Generic Encapsulated Software program Structure), model 1207, to motherboard producers; this could in flip enable them to launch BIOS updates that allow the newer chips on the older mobos.
That’s helpful should you’re selecting up a Ryzen 5000 sequence chip and need to avoid wasting money on the motherboard (by shopping for, say, an X370 mannequin as a substitute of a more recent X570 one). Although keep in mind that AMD is launching its Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 chips later this yr, and will very nicely embody even higher gaming chips than the Ryzen 5 5800X3D.