AMD 5nm Zen 4 CPUs to Feature 3D Stacked V-Cache as Well

According to well-reputed tipster @Greymon55, AMD’s next-gen Zen 4 based Ryzen and Epyc processors will feature 3D stacked V-Cache as well. Unlike Zen 3D, 3D stacked variants of Zen 4 should land right alongside the standard SKUs. These will be likely marketed as the “Extreme Edition” or “Gaming Edition” parts, with significantly more L3 cache which directly affects gaming performance.

AMD plans to launch its Ryzen processors featuring up to 192MB of 3D stacked “V-Cache” in the first half of 2022. These chips will go up against Intel’s newly launched Alder Lake-S processors. Team Red doesn’t need much of a performance uplift to retake the gaming crown, as the 12th Gen Core processors are just 5-10% faster than existing Zen 3 parts (in gaming).

According to AMD’s initial benchmarks, the Ryzen 9 5900X with 3D stacked V-Cache is as much as 25% faster than the vanilla 5900X in gaming workloads, and 15% on average. This means Zen 3D should be easily able to take back the gaming crown from Intel, just a few months after losing it.

As for Zen 4, we should see the next-gen Ryzen and Epyc processors launch sometime in the last quarter of 2022. Leveraging TSMC’s 5nm EUV process node, these should offer a substantial performance uplift over Zen 3. The added 3D V-Cache will be the cherry on the cake for gamers. (rundmc.com) You can also expect an increase in core counts across the boards. 20-24 core Ryzen 9 parts won’t be entirely unexpected.


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