AMD: Ryzen 7 7800X3D the CPU for Max Gaming Performance, 7900X3D/7950X3D for Content Creators who Game

AMD has broken its silence on the asymmetric design of the Ryzen 9 7900X3D/7950X V-Cache processors. In a blog post, one of its engineers explains why the chipmaker decided to go with two differently configured CCDs (or chiplets). Here’s our primer on chiplets and why they’re better than a single-die monolithic design.

The Ryzen 9 7900X3D and 7950X3D both feature an asymmetrical design. In other words, the CCDs aren’t alike. One features a 3D stacked cache die for higher gaming performance, while the other runs at higher clocks for better computing performance. The former packs 96MB of L3 cache but a slower boost clock of 5.25GHz. The latter has just 32MB of L3 cache, but the cores have a peak frequency of 5.7GHz.

AMD claims that this flexibility is a feature of chiplet designs. Including a CCD optimized for each type of workload allows AMD to target a broad range of applications and games more effectively.

The chipmaker clarifies that the Ryzen 9 7900X3D and 7950X3D are designed for users who want to balance gaming and content creation. Compared to the original Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 9 7900X, the 3D V-Cache-equipped X3D processors offer higher gaming performance and a lower maximum TDP2.

However, content creators leveraging their AMD Ryzen systems for gaming workloads should go with a non-X3D CPU. This last line is the most interesting. “When the Ryzen 7 7800X3D arrives in a few weeks, it will be the eight-core CPU of choice for gamers who don’t need extra cores and want maximum gaming performance.”

AMD essentially admits that the Ryzen 9 7900X3D/7950X3D isn’t meant for purely gaming workloads. They are a good investment for users with more versatile workloads, a good example being game developers who may want to test and design their builds. The Ryzen 7 7800X3D, slated to arrive in the next few weeks, will be the gaming CPU to look out for. Beating the Intel Core i9-13900KS at roughly half the price will be quite the feat.

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have been writing about computer hardware for over seven years with more than 5000 published articles. Started off during engineering college and haven't stopped since. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Divinity, Torment, Baldur's Gate and so much more... Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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