AMD’s finest gaming CPUs ever are popping out on February 14! Oh… wait… no, that was a mistake. However excellent news, the brand new 3D V-cache chips are inexplicably going to assist overclocking! Oh… wait… no, that was additionally a mistake.
I imply, that is getting foolish now. We have been ready on AMD to launch its new gaming-focused AM5 processors (opens in new tab) since we had been sat in a Texas resort with the design workforce, grilling them over when it was going to start out fusing a ton of additional cache onto its new chips.
And, you realize what, AMD would not appear to be taking this launch very critically in any respect.
Just a few weeks in the past, there was discuss of a February 14 launch date on the AMD web site (opens in new tab), although that turned out to be a mistake and was instantly eliminated. After which yesterday we discovered the product pages truly listed all three of the brand new Ryzen 7000X3D CPUs had been going to be “Unlocked for Overclocking.”
That was a shock provided that the Ryzen 7 5800X3D (opens in new tab) launched with each a decrease clock pace than its Ryzen 5000-series predecessors and was fully locked out of the overclocking enjoyable. Effectively, not fairly fully.
It’s nonetheless locked for conventional overclocking although we’ve got seen people overclock it to five.14GHz through the BCLK (opens in new tab) setting in a brilliant costly motherboard. In accordance with our overview, the $450 CPU (on sale just lately for $335) is a “technically elegant, environment friendly CPU that delivers on its guarantees.” It is the quickest gaming processor you possibly can jam into any AM4 motherboard, and so is definitely nonetheless a somewhat efficient chip given the relative ubiquity of the platform.
So yeah, that was a little bit of a crimson flag.
It will have theoretically been attainable for AMD to permits some kind of overclocking on the Ryzen 9 7950X3D (opens in new tab) and the 7900X3D (opens in new tab) as a result of these are the 2 dual-CCD processors. One of many CPUs has the 3D V-cache mounted on it (which is what reduces the voltage and clock speeds) and the opposite is precisely the identical because the non-X3D Zen 4 chips.
The way in which it is apparently going to work with these dual-CCD CPUs is that Home windows and the AMD drivers can be good sufficient to know which compute chip is the correct one for no matter major software you might be working (opens in new tab). Does the software program profit extra from excessive clock speeds? Go for the usual CCD. Does it truly get extra out of an enormous pool of hooked up cache reminiscence? Go for the 3D V-cache die as a substitute.
With the CCDs being so separate within the considering of the OS signifies that theoretically you possibly can simply overclock the usual CCD to a better clock pace and glean much more advantages from that die for the related software program, even if you cannot contact the 3D V-cache one.
The Ryzen 7 7800X3D (opens in new tab), nonetheless, simply makes use of a single CCD, similar to the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, and so there isn’t any shock that this one has no hope of overclocking outdoors of some bushy BCLK chicanery.
We nonetheless do not know when these new processors are going to reach, however I might be longing for a February launch myself. Simply lets hope the subsequent announcement will comprise the proper date.