In exciting news for Socket AM4 users, AMD has plans to introduce two additional processor models to the Ryzen 5000X3D series, according to reliable AMD leak source chi11eddog.
Despite being based on the older “Zen 3” microarchitecture, these chips boast 3D Vertical Cache technology, which significantly enhances their gaming performance, matching or even surpassing that of 12th Gen Intel Core “Alder Lake” processors.
This development provides a cost-effective upgrade path for Socket AM4 platform users, extending the lifespan of their gaming PCs, some of which may be up to five years old. Notably, AMD has officially extended support for “Zen 3” and 3D V-cache to all Socket AM4 chipset generations, including AMD 300-series chipsets.
The two upcoming processor models are the Ryzen 7 5700X3D and the Ryzen 5 5500X3D. The Ryzen 7 5700X3D is an 8-core/16-thread processor with 100 MB of total cache (512 KB of L2 cache per core and 96 MB of L3 cache), while the Ryzen 5 5500X3D is a 6-core/12-thread chip with 99 MB of total cache.
Both processors feature lower clock speeds and potentially lower TDPs compared to their counterparts, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and Ryzen 5 5600X3D. The Ryzen 7 5700X3D has a base frequency of 3.00 GHz and boosts up to 4.10 GHz, while the Ryzen 5 5500X3D has a base frequency of 3.00 GHz and boosts up to 4.00 GHz.
While AMD has not yet revealed the release date for these new processors, the company continues to release updates to the Socket AM4 AGESA microcode. The latest version, ComboAM4v2 1.2.0.B, was released in September 2023.
This means that AMD Socket AM4 users can now get a cost-effective upgrade path to improve their gaming performance, even if their PCs are up to 5 years old. This can be a good upgrade for many on the AM4 platform with older Ryzen 3000 series processors.