AMD is set to release three Ryzen 7000 processors with 3D V-Cache technology, including a powerful 16-core spin, and according to new rumors, these chips are just around the corner.
In fact, the new 8-core, 12-core and 16-core 3D V-Cache processors will be unveiled at CES, according to Quasarzone, as explained by @harukaze5719 on Twitter. Of course, we should take this with the usual skepticism to be applied to hardware rumors, and it’s not clear if this will be just tentative information next month or if the CPUs will actually go on sale in January 2023 (we’ll come back to that).
They shared 3 exclusives about Zen 4 3D.1) Three Ryzen 7000X3D models have been confirmed. 16/12/8C. But as for the 8C model, the model name is not specified whether 7700X3D or 7800X3D2) Unlike Zen 3 3D, the clock speed will be the same or at least almost the same.3) Expected on January 23rd. So CES.1/nDecember 2, 2022
These will likely be the Ryzen 9 7950X3D (16-core) plus the 7900X3D (12-core), but it’s apparently not clear whether the 8-core chip will arrive as a 7800X3D or 7700X3D. According to the leak shared here, there will be no 6-core X3D CPU.
Quasarzone also highlights that unlike the existing 5800X3D where the clock frequency has been reduced, the clocks of these Ryzen 7000 3D V-Cache products will be the same as their vanilla counterparts – or at least very close to the same. It looks like some models will stick to the same frequencies while others may drop slightly – we’re probably talking about the 100MHz and not the 400MHz slowdown imposed on the 5800X3D base clock.
Analysis: Faster processors coming, but no more affordable option?
There are some interesting things here, one of which is that past rumors from an established leaker have insisted that things could turn out very differently. This speculation shared by ECSM just a few weeks ago claimed there would be 6-core and 8-core X3D CPUs, but nothing more.
This new rumor not only disproves the idea of a 6-core chip, but also suggests that there will be a pair of high-end X3D models, including a 16-core flagship version. At first glance, it’s exciting to see what kind of performance gamers can get (of course the 5800X3D is well known as a great gaming chip – and the same is expected from the 7000 series variants).
The Ryzen 7950X3D, on the other hand, is bound to be very expensive, so in terms of affordability, the focus on more powerful chips and the apparent lack of a 6-core option for the 3D V-Cache is a bit of a disappointment. However, this does not mean that AMD could not eventually produce other X3D models, such as the 7600X3D.
If Quasarzone is right about all of this, one of the most tantalizing prospects is how early AMD is pushing out these refreshed processors. The aforementioned previous word of mouth predicted that the Zen 4 X3D chips would arrive in April at the earliest – and indeed it could still be the case that even if we get a reveal at CES, the CPUs might not be on sale until a while later.
That said, the suggestion here certainly seems to be a January launch, or at least that the X3D builds are very close to being released. And frankly, that’s exactly what AMD needs in terms of needing to bolster its Zen 4 ranks as soon as possible to compete with Intel’s Raptor Lake.
It’s worth noting that given the completely different perspectives of these two recent rumor drops, we should probably be even more cautious about all of this speculation for now. At least we don’t have to wait long now for CES to know what AMD will reveal there.