AMD will bring back the 3D V-Cache, but there’s a twist

Good news for AMD fans: the company has now officially confirmed that it will be bringing back 3D V-Cache in the upcoming Ryzen 7000 processors, as well as future Zen 5 CPUs.

Unfortunately, there’s a catch – it looks like the technology still won’t be as widespread as some might have hoped.


Given the success of the gaming beast that is AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it’s still a relief to hear from an official source that 3D V-Cache will return soon and will reappear in both Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 processors and in the next-next-gen Zen 5.

In the current generation of consumer CPUs, AMD has only used 3D V-Cache once, in the aforementioned AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D. Built on the Zen 3 architecture and equipped with a massive 96MB stacked L3 cache, it quickly became one of the best processors for gaming, made even better by the fact that it didn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy. with a reasonable retail price of $450† That price still varies based on retailer and rarely drops that low, but it’s still a fairly cost-effective high-end gaming CPU.

AMD itself has previously teased that it plans to reintroduce 3D V-Cache technology in next-generation Ryzen CPUs, but it never went into more detail. This left many enthusiasts with many questions, wondering when that might happen and which processors will get the 3D V-Cache treatment. While today’s announcement clears things up a bit, we still don’t know everything.

AMD said in a pre-briefing with press that while, yes, it will bring back the stacked cache, it won’t be available on every processor. Just as it did with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, AMD will be re-focusing on specific processors to be equipped with a much larger cache that will be released separately from the Zen 4/Zen 5 mainline. If you’re wondering how many CPUs we can expect, it’s still unclear.

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It is possible that AMD will again choose just one processor from each series and unpack it with a 3D V-Cache. On the other hand, given the warm welcome the Ryzen 7 5800X3D has received, it seems safe to assume that there will be more such processors in the future. AMD’s roadmap suggests these CPUs won’t hit the shelves alongside their other non-3D Ryzen 7000 siblings. We will probably have to wait longer.

AMD Ryzen 7000 is the next generation of processors, which will be released later this year. In addition to improved performance and specifications, it brings a move to an all-new socket. This means that users who choose to upgrade will also need to purchase a new X670 motherboard. Knowing that the 3D V-Cache will eventually make a comeback may lead some people to wait for the next generation instead of buying the Ryzen 7 5800X3D now.

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