In an interesting move designed to revitalise gaming interest in the venerable AM4 platform home to every Ryzen CPU from 2017 through late 2022, AMD has released the most budget-friendly 3D V-Cache-equipped processor yet. Enter the limited availability Ryzen 5 5600X3D.
AMD pioneered 3D V-Cache (X3D) on last-generation Ryzen 7 5800X3D, innovating on the former best CPU. Offering an additional 64MB of game performance-boosting cache through novel stacking technology, results were superb at lower resolutions, enabling high-performance GPUs to really strut their stuff and push framerate higher than ever before. Since then, X3D has proliferated to newer Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs.
|Model||Cores / Threads||TDP||L3 Cache||Base Clock||Boost Clock||Current price|
|Ryzen 9 5950X||16 / 32||105W||64MB||3.4GHz||4.9GHz||$445|
|Ryzen 9 5900X||12 / 24||105W||64MB||3.7GHz||4.8GHz||$350|
|Ryzen 7 5800X3D||8 / 16||105W||96MB||3.4GHz||4.5GHz||$350|
|Ryzen 7 5800X||8 / 16||105W||32MB||3.8GHz||4.7GHz||$350|
|Ryzen 7 5700X||8 / 16||65W||32MB||3.4GHz||4.6GHz||$180|
|Ryzen 7 5700G||8 / 16||65W||16MB||3.8GHz||4.6GHz||$200|
|Ryzen 5 5600X3D||6 / 12||105W||96MB||3.3GHz||4.4GHz||$229|
|Ryzen 5 5600X||6 / 12||65W||32MB||3.7GHz||4.6GHz||$180|
|Ryzen 5 5600G||6 / 12||65W||16MB||3.9GHz||4.4GHz||$130|
|Ryzen 5 5600||6 / 12||65W||32MB||3.5GHz||4.4GHz||$120|
|Ryzen 5 5500||6 / 12||65W||16MB||3.6GHz||4.2GHz||$94|
Back on point, six-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 5600X3D’s $229 price makes sense when one uncovers the rest of AMD’s AM4-based Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs. Featuring lower base and boost clocks than regular 5600X, the presence of 3D V-Cache means there’s also less scope for overclocking. In other words, better options exist for regular day-to-day work.
Going by what we have previously seen on the eight-core, 16-thread 5800X3D, however, Ryzen 5 5600X3D will absolutely shine in gaming workloads, making it a worthwhile addition to the firmament. One snag is much higher peak power consumption than other Ryzen 5 chips – 105W vs. 65W – but that’s a price worth paying for the keen gamer limited by budget.
Our commentary speaks to Ryzen 5 5600X3D being a smart move on AMD’s part. Millions of AM4 motherboards are ready to accept this gaming-focussed CPU with open arms, albeit with, one would presume, a BIOS update. So why do we mention it’s a strange CPU in the headline? Turns out this particular chip is only available via Micro Center from July 7, which puts a spanner in many enthusiasts’ works – the retailer is a brick-and-mortar store with no provision for shipping. Say hello to the year 2000.
Not a huge deal for US customers as 25 Micro Center stores are located nationwide, the rest of us will need to phone a friend and ask a favour.