AMD Ryzen 9 7000X3D CPUs to launch later this month, cheaper chip to follow

AMD has finally announced the availability date and pricing for its upcoming Ryzen 7000-series processors with 3D V-Cache stacking technology. You can expect the two Ryzen 9 chips imbued with heaps of cache later this month, February 28, but you'll have to wait until April 6 for the cheaper Ryzen 7.

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Ryzen 7000X3D specs and pricing
ModelCores/threadsBoost/base frequency (GHz)CacheTDP (Watt)MSRPRelease date
Ryzen 9 7950X3D16/325.7/4.2144MB120$699February 28
Ryzen 9 7900X3D12/245.6/4.4140MB120$599February 28
Ryzen 7 7800X3D8/165.0/4.2104MB120$449April 6

The top chip, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D, is priced the same as the Ryzen 9 7950X (opens in new tab) was at launch, at $699. However, that non-3D chip has dropped in price significantly over the past few months. It's around ~$600 today.

Both the Ryzen 9 7900X3D and Ryzen 7 7800X3D launch for $50 more than what their non-stacked counterparts arrived for last year. Considering the expected increase in gaming performance, I could see why that sort of price premium might be appealing to many. But, again, you can find both the Ryzen 9 7900X and Ryzen 7 7700X (opens in new tab) going for a lot less nowadays.

Any decision between the non-3D and 3D chips is complicated by the fact that it's possible to buy the 12-core/24-thread Ryzen 9 7900X for $444, pretty much the same price AMD is asking for the Ryzen 7 7800X3D, an eight-core/16-thread chip. Of course, the difference here is in all that cache that the Ryzen 7 7800X3D stores under its heat spreader. That cache works a treat in bolstering game performance.

Ultimately, you decide: higher multithreaded performance or better gaming performance?

3D V-Cache is a technology that AMD has used only sparingly in the past, namely with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D (opens in new tab) for us gamers. The technology essentially allows AMD to layer masses of cache on top of the chiplets that make up its Ryzen CPUs. In turn, this means the CPU can store more information within easy reach of the processing cores of the chip, thus improving performance in cache-dependent workloads.

One such cache-dependant workload is gaming, which tends to benefit massively from having plenty of cache nearby.

These chips should be pretty feisty when it comes to gaming performance, not only versus the Ryzen 7000-series processors available today but also Intel's Raptor Lake chips. We'll have to see how these chips perform to say for sure what's best, but I do expect some serious gaming performance on offer from these new stacked chips.

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Jacob Ridley
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Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, however, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.