Good news for PC gamers?

AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) has announced pricing for its highly anticipated Ryzen 7000 X3D processors – those with 3D V-Cache, which promise improved frame rate boosting performance in games. In short, there is good news and bad news.

Above we can see that the new processors are considerably more expensive than their existing counterparts. The Ryzen 9 7950X3D will cost between $699 and $100 more than the current online price of the Ryzen 9 7950X. The Ryzen 9 7900X3D will cost $599 – the same price as the current price of the Ryzen 9 7950X, which has more cores – and around $150 more than the Ryzen 9 7900X. Finally, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D costs about $100 more than the $449 Ryzen 7 7700X, which is the same price as the Ryzen 9 7900X – again which has more cores.

How do they compare to other Ryzen processors?

However, while the higher prices may be a bummer for PC gamers looking to upgrade, these processors have some significant advantages. First, unlike AMD’s first 3D V-Cache model, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, the new CPUs have similar clocks to their non-X3D counterparts.

For example, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D has a maximum frequency of 5.7 GHz – the same as the Ryzen 9 7950X, albeit with a lower base frequency and probably an equally lower all-core boost frequency. This does lag in range though, with the Ryzen 7 7800X3D sitting at a peak boost of just 5GHz compared to 5.4GHz for the Ryzen 7 7700X with a lower base frequency of 300MHz as well.

This should mean that performance outside of games and in game titles that don’t benefit as much from V-Cache 3D won’t be as lacking as with the older processor. Then, of course, we also have the promise of much faster performance in many games, making the new CPUs probably the fastest options for gamers – beating AMD’s existing CPUs and 13th Gen Intel models.

The upside this time is that the core count doesn’t stop at eight either, as there are 12 and 16-core options that could be perfect picks for those who play games but are also just getting started. in content creation.

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The new CPUs are widely seen as a possible sales driver for AMD, which has so far suffered from slow adoption of Ryzen 7000 CPUs and Socket AM5 motherboards thanks to competition from Intel, platform costs high shape due to its decision to only support DDR5 memory and also high motherboard cost. This has allowed it to significantly reduce its prices since the launch of its Zen 4 7000-series processors last year.

With the promise of being the best gaming processors on the market, the new Ryzen 7000X3D models may be pricey, but if the Ryzen 7 5800X3D delivers, it could revitalize AMD’s fortunes and boost sales.

The Ryzrn 9 7950X3D and Ryzen 9 7900X3D will be available on February 28, and the Ryzen 7 7800X3D will be available later on April 6.

I’ll be reviewing the new processors when they arrive, so follow me here on Forbes or my YouTube channel to see the benchmarks.

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