AMD caps its CPU with cache

Fifteen percent improvement in performance

Posted: By Jon Peddie 03.16.22

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which has an extra die of cache fused to the top, will be available April 20 for $449, AMD has announced. This is the first Ryzen processor to feature AMD 3D V-Cache technology, which AMD announced at CES 2022 in January. It is similar to the Ryzen 7 5800X without the 3D V-Cache technology.

AMD also announced Ryzen 7, 5, and 3 Series desktop processors and extended support for its 5000 Series processors on 300 Series chipsets. That, said the company, will give AMD users more options for creating customized gaming experiences. The mainstream processors offer up to eight cores and 16 threads, and 36MB of cache, in the AMD Ryzen 7 5700X.

AMD said gamers can expect an average 15% performance boost when compared to its 2020 flagship CPU, the 16-core Ryzen 9 5900X. AMD is calling the Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU the "ultimate gaming processor," offering a 4.5 GHz boost frequency, a 3.4 GHz base frequency, and a 105 W thermal design power.

Model Architecture Cores/Threads Boost/Base Frequency (GHz) Total Cache (MB) TDP (Watts) PCIe Support Cooler Price (USD SEP)
Ryzen 7 5700X "Zen 3" 8/16 Up to 4.6/3.4 36 65 W Gen 4 N/A $299
Ryzen 5 5600 "Zen 3" 6/12 Up to 4.4/3.5 35 65 W Gen 4 Wraith Stealth $199
Ryzen 5500 "Zen 3" 6/12 Up to 4.2/3.6 19 65 W Gen 3 Wraith Stealth $159
Ryzen 5 4600G w/ Radeon Graphics "Zen 2" 6/12 Up to 4.2/3.7 11 65 W Gen 3 Wraith Stealth $154
Ryzen 4 4500 "Zen 2" 6/12 Up to 4.1/3.6 11 65 W Gen 3 Wraith Stealth $129
Ryzen 3 4100 "Zen 2" 4/8 Up to 4.0/3.8 11 65 W Gen 3 Wraith Stealth $99


Only the Ryzen 7 5700X and Ryzen 5 5600 support PCIe Gen 4 for gamers who want faster throughput for AIBs and SSDs. The rest of the processors have the slower PCIe Gen 3 interface. Also, buyers of the Ryzen 7 5700X need a separate cooler.

What do we think?

The pricing is pretty reasonable. A 15% kicker would be worth a couple of hundred dollars, especially if you can get that with your existing AIB. The games that are CPU bound will show the highest gains.

The 15% boost, however, requires a BIOS upgrade, which may be inhibitive for some users.