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AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) has announced pricing for its highly anticipated Ryzen 7000 X3D processors – the ones with 3D V-Cache, which promise enhanced frame rate-boosting performance in games. In short there’s good and bad news.

Above we can see that the new CPUs are considerably more expensive than their existing counterparts. The Ryzen 9 7950X3D will retail for $699 – $100 more than the current price online for the Ryzen 9 7950X. The Ryzen 9 7900X3D will cost $599 – the same as the current price of the Ryzen 9 7950X, which has more cores – and around $150 more than the Ryzen 9 7900X. Finally and the Ryzen 7 7800X3D is around $100 more than the Ryzen 7 7700X at $449, which is the same price as the Ryzen 9 7900X – again which has more cores.


How do they compare to other Ryzen processors?

However, while the higher pricing is possibly a disappointment to PC gamers looking to upgrade, there are some signficiant advantages with these CPUs. Firstly, unlike AMD’s first 3D V-Cache model, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, the new CPUs have frequencies similar to their non X3D counterparts.


For example, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D has a peak bost frequency of 5.7GHz – the same as the Ryzen 9 7950X, although with a lower base frequency and likely lower all-core boost frequency too. That does trail off down the range, though, with the Ryzen 7 7800X3D sitting at a peak boost of just 5GHz compared to 5.4GHz for the Ryzen 7 7700X with a 300MHz lower base frequency too.

This should mean that performance outside of games and in game titles that don’t benefit as much from 3D V-Cache, will not be as lacking as it was with the old processor. Then, of course, we have the promise of much faster performance in many games too, likely making the new CPUs the fastest options for gamers out there – beating AMD’s existing CPUs and Intel’s 13th Gen models.

The benefit this time is that core counts don’t stop at eight either, as there are both 12 and 16-core options that could be perfect choices for those that play games, but also dabble in content creation.


The new CPUs are widely seen as a possible driver of sales for AMD, which has suffered sluggish uptake of Ryzen 7000 CPUs and Socket AM5 motherboards so far thanks to competition from Intel, high platform costs due to its decision to only support DDR5 memory and also high motherboard costs. This has seen it cut prices dramatically since the launch of its 7000-series Zen 4 CPUs last year.

With the promise of being the best gaming CPUs out there, the new Ryzen 7000X3D models may be expensive, but if the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is anythign to go by, they could revitalise AMD’s fortunes and kickstart sales.


The Ryzrn 9 7950X3D and Ryzen 9 7900X3D will be available February 28th and the Ryzen 7 7800X3D will be available later on April 6th.

I’ll be reviewing the new CPUs when they arrive so follow me here on Forbes or on my YouTube channel to see the benchmarks.


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