AMD will launch its newest experiment in CPU packaging to most of the people subsequent month. The Ryzen 7 5800X3D, introduced on the Shopper Electronics Present in January, is an eight-core Zen 3 processor that makes use of distinctive memory-stacking know-how to triple the quantity of L3 cache in the usual Ryzen 7 5800X—96MB of L3 cache as a substitute of 32MB.
The result’s a chip that should run video games 15 p.c quicker than a Ryzen 9 5900X, based on AMD’s figures. The corporate additionally says the chip will run video games quicker than Intel’s flagship Core i9-12900K, although it didn’t say by how a lot. The processor goes on sale for $449 beginning on April twentieth.
The 5800X3D and the half-dozen low-end Zen 2 and Zen 3 processors AMD introduced at the moment are doubtless the final hurrah for Socket AM4, the bodily socket that AMD has been utilizing since simply earlier than the introduction of the primary Ryzen chips again in 2017. The years since have seen AMD regain its aggressive footing towards Intel due to a number of sturdy iterations on the unique Zen structure and use of TSMC’s 7 nm manufacturing course of.
For a real next-generation CPU from AMD, you will want to attend till the Ryzen 7000 sequence launches later this yr. However that transfer could possibly be dear—the Zen 4 structure would require a brand-new Socket AM5 motherboard and probably an improve from DDR4 to DDR5 RAM, although AMD could assist each DDR4 and DDR5 reminiscence with the brand new chips as Intel has finished with its Twelfth-generation Core CPUs.