Back in CES 2022, AMD showed off amongst other things a brand new member of the Ryzen 5000 family of processors, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. It’s similar to the normal Ryzen 5800X that’s been available since the late 2020s, but has been tweaked by AMD to become the world’s fastest gaming processor. However, there’s been no word about pricing and availability since then, at least until now.
According to VideoCardz, AMD are set to launch the Ryzen 7 5800X3D on the 20th of April. They claim that they were informed by serial leaker Disclosuzen, who also says that the Ryzen 7 5800X3D will be priced at USD449 (~RM1,880.19). This is the same recommended retail price that the Ryzen 7 5800X had when it launched back in October 2020. Curiously, there’s been rumours that AMD will lower the recommended retail price of the Ryzen 7 5800X once the Ryzen 7 5800X3D launches, though that has yet to be confirmed.
The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D’s biggest selling point is its huge L3 cache compared to rival chips. It packs a massive 96MB of 3D V cache in its L3 cache, which AMD achieved by stacking a 32MB L3 cache on top of 64MB of L3 cache. The larger L3 cache means that there’s much more speedy memory that the CPU can access, and lessens the need to use the DDR memory which is much slower than the onboard cache. For comparison, AMD’s top of the line Ryzen 9 5950X only has 64MB of L3 cache, while the Intel Core i9-12900K only has 30MB.
The rest of the chip is actually pretty similar to the standard Ryzen 7 5800X. It has 8 cores and 16 threads, with a base clock rate of 3.4GHz and a boost clock of 4.5GHz. That makes it a little slower in that regard compared to the Ryzen 7 5800X, but as mentioned earlier the massive L3 cache makes up for it. The lower clock speed also offers better stability and less binning too. The Ryzen 7 5800X3D will still use the AM4 socket and comes with a TDP of 105W. Being a Ryzen 7-tier chip rather than Ryzen 9 also makes it a tad more affordable for the average gamer, which is AMD’s main demographic for this chip.
Incidentally, another leak from China claims that the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D will not support overclocking. It seems as though the stability issues that led to AMD lowering the chip’s clocks across the board become a lot more obvious once the clocks are raised. A separate report from TechPowerUp seems to corroborate this claim, stating that AMD has asked its motherboard partners to remove overclocking support for the Ryzen 7 5800X3D in the UEFI/BIOS settings for motherboards supporting it.
It would be a bit of a shame that the Ryzen 7 5800X3D won’t be able to be overclocked, seeing as one of Ryzen’s big selling points is its ability for any chip to get overclocked. Nevertheless, seeing as the main draw of the chip is its gaming capabilities rather than raw performance numbers, it remains to be seen if a lack of overclocking support will hurt its performance in games.