AMD website claims that their Ryzen 7000 X3D processors are 'unlocked for overclocking'
Will Ryzen 7000 X3D be overclockable at launch?
Published: 23rd January 2023 | Source: AMD Website |
AMD confirms overclocking support for their Ryzen 7000 X3D Gaming processors
Update - AMD has updated their website to remove references to overclocking support for their Ryzen 7000 X3D processors.
AMD plans to give gamers a boost with the launch their Ryzen 7000 X3D processors next month, adding 3D V-Cache to the company's already powerful Zen 4 powered Ryzen 7000 processors. Now, AMD's website has been updated to state that their Ryzen 7000 X3D processors are 'Unlocked for Overclocking', something that was first spotted by @9550pro on Twitter.
Sadly, AMD has listed incorrect information on their website regarding their Ryzen 7000 X3D processors before (more information on that here), which means that we cannot take the information from these listings as gospel. That said, all three Ryzen 7000 X3D CPUs have been updated to state this information, and AMD would be missing a trick if these processors did not support overclocking in one form or another.
If AMD's Ryzen 7000 X3D processors officially support overclocking, it is unknown if they will support it through traditional methods like core multiplier tweaking or more modern methods like voltage frequency curve optimisation (through AMD's Curve Optimiser). It is possible that overclocking on these processors may be restricted to specific methods.
What is V-Cache and why does it matter?
AMD's 3D V-Cache technology was introduced with AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which used 3D die stacking techniques to place a 64MB SRAM die on top of their Ryzen 5000 series CPU silicon to boost a CCD's L3 cache size from 32MB to 96MB. This tripling of L3 cache size allows AMD to accelerate workloads that benefit from having more data on-chip. Having three times as much L3 cache allows AMD's X3D processors to store a lot more data on-chip, speeding up data access by limiting the number of times that CPUs need to search DRAM for important data. To put things another way, it is much faster to get a pen from a drawer beside you than it is to walk to the next room and back to grab it.
AMD's enlarged L3 caches on X3D series processors are particularly beneficial for gaming workloads, as most games rely heavily on memory access to achieve high framerates. Having more data on cache can therefore accelerate these workloads significantly, especially for games like Factorio and Stellaris.
With 3D V-Cache, AMD can effectively deliver a generational leap in gaming performance without making any changes to their Zen core designs. With 3D V-Cache, AMD can accelerate gaming workloads with enlarged caches, though it is worth noting that the performance gains from these enlarged caches will vary significantly on a game-by-game basis, and some games will not benefit from the change at all.
Zen 4 V-Cache VS Zen 3 V-Cache
When compared to their last-generation Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor, AMD's new Ryzen 7800X3D CPU is said to offer gamers a 21-30% boost in game performance, offering gamers a significant generational leap in performance. Both of these CPUs feature eight cores and sixteen threads, making these CPUs directly comparable in terms of core-to-core performance.
AMD has not revealed the pricing of their Zen 4 X3D processors, at this time. Expect them to have premium pricing over AMD's standard Ryzen 7000 series processors.