February 28th and April 6th, For $699/$599/$449
AMD today announced the launch date and pricing for its highly anticipated Ryzen 7000X3D series processors. Aimed primarily at gamers, the company’s first L3 V-Cache-equipped Ryzen 7000 processors will begin rolling out on February 28, when the Ryzen 9 7950X3D and Ryzen 9 7900X3D go on sale for $699 and $599 respectively. This will be followed by the Ryzen 7 7800X3D just over a month later, when it goes on sale for $449 on April 6.
First announced to much fanfare during AMD’s CES 2023 keynote (and teased long before that), the Ryzen 7000X3D chips will be AMD’s second generation of consumer chips using new V-Cache technology. 3d stacked company. V-Cache allows AMD to stack a 64MB L3 cache array on top of its existing CCDs to expand the total L3 capacity of a Zen 3/4 CCD from 32MB to 96MB. And in the case of multi-CCD designs such as the Ryzen 9 7950X, bringing the total chip-wide L3 cache pool to 128MB.
AnandTech AMD Ryzen 7000X/X3D Series Core Lineup
Cache TDP Price
Newest Ryzen 9 7950X3D 16C/32T 4.2GHz 5.7GHz 128Mb 120W $699 02/28/23 Ryzen 9 7950X 16C/32T 4.5GHz 5.7GHz 64MB 170W $583 – RYZEN 9 7900X3D 12C/ 24T 4.4GHZ 5.6GHZ 128MB 120W 590./28/23 Ryzen 9 7900X 12C/24T 4.7GHz 5.6GHz 64MB 170W $444 – Ryzen 7 7800X3D 8C/16T 4.2GHz 5 .0GHz 96MB 120W $449 6/4/23 Ryzen 7 7700X 8C/16T 5.4MB 105W $299 – Ryzen 7 5800X3D 8C/16T 3.4GHz 4.5GHz 96MB 105W $323 –
Following the technology’s successful trial in the consumer space with AMD’s original Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which received positive acclaim in the spring of 2022, AMD has developed a much broader line of V-Cache equipped Ryzen chips. for this generation. This includes not only the direct successor to the 5800X3D, the 8-core Ryzen 7 7800X3D, but also, for the first time, chips using multiple CCDs. These are the Ryzen 9 7900X3D and 7950X3D, which will offer 12 and 16 CPU cores respectively.
Interestingly, AMD has opted for a non-homogeneous design for these multi-CCD components – rather than giving both CCDs V-Cache, AMD only equips one of the CCDs with the additional L3 cache. The other CCD will remain a simple Zen 4 CCD, with its 32 MB of integrated L3 cache. The unbalanced design, in addition to allowing AMD to control the costs of what is still a relatively expensive technology to implement, will allow AMD to offer something close to the best of both worlds for their multi-CCD components. Zen 4 CCDs equipped with V-Cache will offer 6 or 8 CPU cores backed by the huge L3 pool, for tasks that benefit from the largest cache size, while vanilla Zen 4 CCDs will not be encumbered by the V-Cache, allowing them to clock higher for pure throughput workloads that would not benefit from the additional cache.
As with the original 5800X3D, AMD is targeting these chips at gamers in particular, as the complex and heavy nature of video games means they often benefit from an extra L3 cache at their fingertips. The 5800X3D was, according to the game, around 15% faster than its vanilla Ryzen counterpart – at least as long as it wasn’t GPU limited. AMD is a bit more coy this time around doing apples-to-apples comparisons with their regular Ryzen 7000 chips, so for now the only official performance numbers available from AMD pit the chips against the 5800X3D. Instead, a 15% improvement is a reasonable baseline given that cache sizes haven’t changed over the last generation, but we’ll definitely want to take a closer look at the final chips to see if the Additional L3 cache is as beneficial for Zen 4 as it is for Zen 3.
Back in their CES 2023 keynote, AMD announced specs for two and a half chips, along with an undetailed February launch date. With today’s announcement, AMD is finally filling in the rest of the details, while also confirming that only part of the product stack will make it to that February launch date.
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As previously reported, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D and Ryzen 9 7900X3D will both launch on February 28. The 16-core 7950X3D will hit the streets with a price tag of $699, while the 12-core 7900X3D will be introduced at $599. At current retail prices, that’s about a $100-$150 premium over the chips’ regular counterparts, with the 7950X selling for around $583 and the 7900X selling for around $444. Prices for AMD’s best AM5 chips have come down quite a bit since their 2022 launch, so the new X3D SKUs are coming in at similar launch prices to their non-V-Cache counterparts. That is, while $699 would get you a 16-core 7950X in September, in February it will get you the same chip with an additional 64MB of L3 cache.
Other than the part numbers, at this point the only detail we don’t have on the 7950X3D and 7900X3D are the clock speeds for the V-Cache equipped CCDs. The turbo clock speeds quoted by AMD are for the vanilla CCD, so it is not clear how much clock speeds have been reduced for the V-Cache CCD. But taking a hint of AMD’s only unique X3D CCD part, the 7800X3D, we see that this part has a maximum clock speed of just 5.0 GHz. So we expect something similar for V-Cache CCDs on Ryzen 9 parts.
Speaking of the Ryzen 7 7800X3D, we finally have the full specs on AMD’s simplest X3D part. Back in January, AMD hadn’t locked down base clock speeds on this part, but as of today, we finally have the answer: 4.2GHz. The chip will, in turn, be capable of turbocharging up to 5.0 GHz, as previously reported.
The cheapest of the Z3D parts, with a price tag of $449, the 7800X3D will also lag the pack, with the chip not launching until April 6. AMD didn’t explain the discrepancy in launch dates, but it’s reasonable to assume that AMD is prioritizing assembly and shipping of their more expensive Ryzen 9 SKUs. Either way, at current selling prices, the 7800X3D will command a $150 premium over the $299 7700X, making it 50% more expensive, assuming those selling prices hold through April. That happens to be the same price as the 5800X3D launched, so AMD technically holds the line here, but it underlines how the price cuts on the rest of the Ryzen 7000 line have made the standard chips very competitive on a price/performance basis. .
In any case, we’ll have more on AMD’s first V-Cache-equipped Zen 4 chips later this month. Besides looking in depth at the performance improvements brought by the larger L3 cache, the other major performance factor will be the Windows thread scheduler. As this is AMD’s first asymmetric Ryzen processor, it will be up to Windows and AMD’s chipset driver to determine which CCD to place the threads on for the 7950X3D/7900X3D. This month’s launch will therefore require AMD’s hardware and software offerings to be in sync for the company to make a good first impression.