AMD has just announced its expanded lineup of Ryzen CPUs that targets a range of price points. The star of the show here is AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D with a price tag of $449 USD. This CPU utilizes AMD’s new 3D V-Cache technology, which manages to load up the CPU with 100MB of L2+L3 cache in total. It certainly isn’t a cheap processor, but it’s one that should be a powerhouse for gaming.
The announcement for these CPUs has been in the cards for a short while. Last week there were leaks and rumors that suggested these CPUs did exist. At the time, it seemed like AMD was preparing to make the announcement sometime around April 20. And that did turn out to be partially correct. AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D will indeed be released on April 20, while the rest of the CPUs will arrive on April 4.
AMD’s answer to Alder Lake
Intel’s Alder Lake launch managed to shake up AMD’s place in the tech space, and the new CPUs that AMD just announced aren’t beating Intel on performance just yet. However, AMD’s new midrange CPU offering is thankfully affordably priced below the $300 USD mark. In fact, most of these processors sit below $200 USD, meaning consumers will finally have a few more choices to consider when shopping for new CPUs.
AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D in particular features some cool new tech. Essentially, AMD has 3D stacked the L3 cache on top of the rest of the CPU to triple the amount of onboard cache a normal Ryzen 5800X CPU would have. This in turn allows the CPU to handle more operations without making excessive calls to the slower components in the system, speeding up the CPUs overall performance. AMD’s V-Cache should provide a big boost in gaming performance, with official estimates citing average fps gains of about 15% and enough overall performance to reportedly trade blows with Intel’s 12900K.
The Ryzen 7 5700X is no slouch either, with specs somewhat comparable to the 5800X. The main differentiators are the 65W TDP and lower base clocks. It’ll likely come up a bit short of the 5800X in terms of performance, but the power efficiency is something to appreciate. And with a price tag of $299 USD, it isn’t too bad of a deal either.
The low price of the Ryzen 3 4100 is another intriguing aspect of this announcement. Obviously, it’s not geared towards high-performance gaming. But for smaller builds that need a low TDP and cheaper components, it could be a good purchase. It’s also worth noting that the Ryzen 5 4600G, 4500, and Ryzen 3 4100 all use the Zen 2 Renoir chips. The rest of the lineup uses the Zen 3 Vermeer chips.
But wait, there’s more
Amid all this news, AMD also announced extended support for Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs on 300 Series motherboards. The X370m, B350, and A320 motherboards will support all of the CPUs announced today. This is great news for those that want to save some money and stick to the motherboards that they already have. It also further solidifies the Ryzen AM4 platform’s reputation as that with the best upgrade path for cost-conscious users.
The announcement of AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D’s pricing, and the rest of the new lineup, is good news indeed. It’s nice to see AMD finally release some processors that suit PC builders on a budget. We won’t have to wait much longer to see how these processors stack up either. Be sure to keep an eye on April 4 for the release of the new 5000 Series processors, as well as April 20 for the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. There are also rumors of a Radeon 6000 Series refresh due this spring, which has yet to be announced.