PC gamers holding off upgrading their AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) PCs till the next generation of 3D V-Cache models come along might not have long to wait. The company is widely expected to launch the Ryzen 7000 X3D processors at January’s CES in Las Vegas and with them its hopes of its new Socket AM5 platform finally taking off.
AMD’s Ryzen 7000 X3D processors are expected to launch in January 2023
Sales of AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series have been sluggish – so much so that the company has slashed prices across the world in the hope of boosting sales. One reason for the slow uptake, aside from high motherboard prices and a need for expensive DDR5 memory, is the company’s own Ryzen 7 5800X3D with its 3D V-Cache.
This processor took the gaming world by storm with its crazy performance compared to other CPUs in the same range with the same Zen 3 architecture and even took the crown from Intel’s 12th Gen CPUs in many games despite its aging architecture.
AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor
However, it might have also had two unintended consequences for its new Ryzen 7000 series. Firstly, gamers looking to upgrade would have seen benchmarks of its Ryzen 7000 series not really offering compelling upgrades over the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, especially given higher overall costs of motherboards and memory. Gamers upgrading from older CPUs would have seen the Ryzen 7 5800X3D as a decent, affordable upgrade, especially as many first generation Socket AM4 motherboards were compatible with it.
Secondly, even if they were prepared to bite the bullet and upgrade to Socket AM5, gamers will know that new 3D V-Cache models are likely just around the corner. As AMD’s former director of technical marketing, Robert Hallock, told me back in May, the 3D V-Cache versions of the Ryzen 7000-series may not launch with the original 7000 series.
That proved to be true and instead, it’s almost certain that AMD will announce them at January 2023’s CES in Las Vegas. Given the popularity of the 5800X3D, it’s highly likely that a lot of would-be Ryzen 7000 owners may well be waiting to own a new 3D V-Cache model rather than buying a standard model now that’s likely to be usurped by a newer model, perhaps a Ryzen 7 7800X3D or similar.
AMD’s 3D V-Cache allows for components such as cache to be stacked on top of its core chiplets
While 3D V-Cache models seem to lack performance in many non-gaming tasks, for PC gamers, they still make absolute sense and it’s likely Ryzen 7000-series X3D models will not only be faster outside of games than the Ryzen 5000 series, but will be significantly faster in games than current Ryzen 7000 CPUs.
The really interesting figures, then, will not be Ryzen 7000 series sales, but instead those of the Ryzen 7000 X3D models in the first quarter next year assuming a January launch. Intel meanwhile has its Core i9-13900KS processor waiting in the wings and it’s expected to launch at the same time. The Core i9-13900KS is essentially a Core i9-13900K, except it can reach 6GHz out of the box, so will likely have an edge over the already lightning fast standard model.
I’ll be covering the launch of both models as well as news and reviews of other hardware such as AMD’s Radeon RX 7900XTX and RX 7900 XT graphics cards next month so follow me here on Forbes using the blue follow button below.