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AMD announces Ryzen 5800X3D will ship in April

AMD's flagsip V-Cache processor will offer a 15% performance bump over non-3D rivals, says chipmaker

AMD has set an April release date for its flagship V-Cache chip, along with several low-end processors to round out its Ryzen family.

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D will ship on April 20 for $499, the company said. Unveiled in January, is the first Ryzen chip to use the company's V-Cache technology. It's an eight-core Zen 3 chip that stacks level 3 cache memory on top of the logic die, tripling it from the 32Mb on the Ryzen 7 5800X to 96Mb.

V-Cache is a technology that stacks 64Mb of SRAM level three cache on top of the computing die, connecting with it using a technology that AMD calls Through-Silicon Via. The company designed it to be transparent to developers, who can treat it like a regular chip with extra cache.

AMD executives have said that the 5800X3D will outperform both the Ryzen 5900X and Intel's Core i9-12900K chip. The company has targeted the product's performance increase at gamers rather than content creators, and claims 15% more performance than processors without the stacked cache technology.

The company also announced a set of six processors across its Ryzen 3, 5, and 7 families spanning its Zen 2 and 3 architectures. The units range from the four-core Ryzen 3 4100 with a 6Mb cache and PCIe 3 support at $99, through to the Ryzen 7 5700X, with eight cores and 36Mb of cache memory featuring Gen 4 PCIe support for $299. These chips will be available on April 4, the company said.

The AMD Ryzen 5800X3D provides a welcome high-end bump to the Zen 3 line before the Zen 4 range launches later this year. This will require a new motherboard featuring upgraded socket technology.

AMD also announced extended support for its Ryzen 5000 series processors running on AMD 300 series chipsets. This gives motherboards using the AMD X370, B350, and A320 chipsets support for these chips, including the desktop processors that it announced this week.

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