AMD’s upcoming Zen 3D processors will begin mass production in November. This info was shared by well-reputed tipster @greymon55 this morning. According to AMD’s latest statement, the Ryzen 5000 processors with 3D V-Cache (Zen 3D) will be available to consumers sometime in the first half of 2022. Going by that timeline, production in late November, followed by packaging in December does make sense.
The B2 stepping variants of Zen 3 have already started shipping and will be available to consumers by the end of December. Although identical to existing Ryzen 5000 parts, these chips will offer better overclocking potential and more stable clocks. Overall, it looks like AMD’s plans are proceeding as expected. The Zen 3D announcement should come sometime in the first quarter, possibly even at CES 2021.
The actual Zen 3D hard launch should happen sometime in March or April, quite a while Intel’s Alder Lake launch. If the gaming performance of Zen 3D isn’t much better than vanilla Zen 3, then it’ll be a hard-to-justify launch. Regardless, it’ll be the final processor lineup to support AM4, and as such will be an upgrade option for many AMD consumers.
For users already sporting Ryzen 5000 SKUs, however, it’ll likely be hard to justify. For these users, we suggest, waiting out the coming generation from both AMD and Intel. DDR5 and PCIe Gen 5 are intriguing options, but for the time being it looks like the benefits over DDR4 and PCIe Gen 4 are minimal.