AMD revealed six new Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 processors for its AM5 platform today at CES 2023, with three new high-end Ryzen 7000X3D processors leading the charge with the company’s groundbreaking 3D V-Cache in chips that max out at an astonishing 5.7 GHz.
This now-proven technology should help AMD to wrest the top place in our ranking of best CPUs for gaming and our CPU benchmark hierarchy from Intel’s powerful Raptor Lake when they arrive in February.
The new high-performance AMD chips are available in 8-, 16-, and 24-core configurations, greatly increasing the selection of 3D V-Cache processors beyond the single Ryzen 7 5800X3D model introduced with the first-generation chips.
With these new processors, AMD boasts dramatic generational performance increases, claiming that they will outperform Intel’s top gaming chip by up to 24% in select titles.
|Header Cell – Column 0||Price||Cores / Threads (P+E)||P-Core Base / Boost Clock (GHz)||Cache (L2/L3)||TDP / PBP / MTP|
|Ryzen 9 7950X3D||?||16 / 32||4.2 / 5.7||144MB (16+128)||120W / ?|
|Ryzen 9 7900X3D||?||12 / 24||4.4 / 5.6||140MB (12+132)||120W / ?|
|Ryzen 9 7900||$429||12 / 24||? / 5.3||76MB (12+64)||65W / 88W|
|Ryzen 7 7800X3D||?||8 /16||4.x / 5.0||104MB (8+96)||120W / ?|
|Ryzen 7 5800X3D||$358||8 /16||3.4 / 4.5||104MB (8+96)||105W|
|Ryzen 7 7700||$329||8 / 16||? / 5.3 GHz||40MB (8+32)||65W / 88W|
|Ryzen 5 7600||$229||6 / 12||? / 5.1 GHz||38MB (6+32)||65W / 88W|
The high-performance X3D chips will be expensive, but AMD also introduced three new 65W Ryzen 7000 “non-X” variants that cover the Ryzen 5 to Ryzen 9 families, enabling a new lower level of entry to the AM5 platform and addressing some of the cost difficulties connected with the company’s new AM5 platform.
These chips will be delivered on January 10. During their CES 2023 speech, AMD revealed a slew of new details and benchmarks; let’s take a look.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D, Ryzen 7 7900X3D, Ryzen 7 7800X3D Specifications
|Cache (L2/L3)||TDP / PBP / MTP||Memory|
|Ryzen 9 7950X3D||?||16 / 32||4.2 / 5.7||144MB (16+128)||120W / ?||DDR5-5200|
|Core i9-13900K / KF||$589 (K) – $564 (KF)||24 / 32 (8+16)||3.0 / 5.8||2.2 / 4.3||68MB (32+36)||125W / 253W||DDR4-3200 / DDR5-5600|
|Ryzen 9 7950X||$569 ($699)||16 / 32||4.5 / 5.7||–||80MB (16+64)||170W / 230W||DDR5-5200|
|Ryzen 9 7900X3D||?||12 / 24||4.4 / 5.6||140MB (12+132)||120W / ?||DDR5-5200|
|Ryzen 9 7900X||$474 ($549)||12 / 24||4.7 / 5.6||–||76MB (12+64)||170W / 230W||DDR5-5200|
|Core i7-13700K / KF||$409 (K) – $384 (KF)||16 / 24 (8+8)||3.4 / 5.4||2.5 / 4.2||54MB (24+30)||125W / 253W||DDR4-3200 / DDR5-5600|
|Core i7-13700 / F||$384 – $359 (F)||16 / 24 (8+8)||2.1 / 5.2||1.5 / 4.1||54MB (24+30)||65W / 219W||DDR4-3200 / DDR5-5600|
|Ryzen 7 7800X3D||?||8 /16||4.x / 5.0||104MB (8+96)||120W / ?||DDR5-5200|
|Ryzen 7 5800X3D||$358 ($449)||8 /16||3.4 / 4.5||104MB (8+96)||105W||DDR4-3200|
|Ryzen 7 7700X||$349 ($399)||8 /16||4.5 / 5.4||–||40MB (8+32)||105W / 142W||DDR5-5200|
|Ryzen 5 7600X||$249 ($299)||6 / 12||4.7 / 5.3||–||38MB (6+32)||105W / 142W||DDR5-5200|
|Core i5-13600K / KF||$319 (K) – $294 (KF)||14 / 20 (6+8)||3.5 / 5.1||2.6 / 3.9||44MB (20+24)||125W / 181W||DDR4-3200 / DDR5-5600|
Reminder, AMD’s 3D V-Cache is a game-changing new technology that 3D-stacks an extra SRAM chip vertically on top of the processor, increasing the L3 cache capacity by 64MB and enabling spectacular performance increases in gaming (productivity tasks are unaffected).
This technology initially appeared in AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D, the first ‘X3D’ model, which you can learn more about here. Intel does not have comparable technology, but it will soon release the 6 GHz Core i9-13900KS to compete for the gaming championship.
AMD has not released price details for the new X3D processors but has stated that they would be available in February. The Ryzen 9 7950X3D has 16 cores and 32 threads, which is a new high for 3D V-Cache-equipped CPUs.
This chip is essentially a Ryzen 9 7950X with an additional L3 cache chiplet and further tweaking. As previously stated, the 3D-stacked SRAM L3 chip weighs in at 64MB, giving the 7950X3D a whopping 144MB of total cache, 128MB of which is the gaming-enhancing L3 cache.
This processor will compete with Intel’s Core i9-13900K and, shortly, the Core i9-13900KS. AMD has specified the 3D V-Cache processors with a base TPD of 120W and a maximum PPT of 162W, which is lower than the 7950X’s usual 170W/230W threshold.
That’s not totally surprising given that the extra cache chiplet can result in somewhat higher operating temperatures.
With the new X3D models, AMD has dramatically enhanced boost speeds. As a result, the 7950X3D jumps to 5.7 GHz, a significant increase over the previous generation 5800X3D’s 4.5 GHz peak and the same as the ordinary 7950X. We do observe a 200 MHz drop when compared to the 7950X, which is essential to accommodate the reduced 120W TDP.
The previous-generation model’s performance in regular programs was notoriously poor owing to its lower boost clock rate, but the 7950X3D’s higher clock rate suggests that we won’t see as much of a tradeoff in productivity apps with the new Zen 4 models.
However, we anticipate a 50W decrease in available power, which will have an effect on threaded workloads. In fact, all three new X3D processors have greater frequencies. The 12-core, 24-thread Ryzen 9 7900X3D reaches 5.6 GHz, the same as the ordinary 7900X, but base clocks drop by a very small 300 MHz (the base clock is rarely used).
This chip has 104MB of cache, with 96MB designated as L3. This chip also falls into the lower 120W TDP region, resulting in some performance loss in heavily-threaded workloads.
AMD’s benchmarks reveal that the Ryzen 7 7800X3D is ranging from 21% to 30% quicker than the 5800X3D in this set of titles. Be aware that there are a few esports class titles in this pick, and therefore certain games will profit less or not at all from the increased cache.