AMD turbocharges older PC gaming with strange Ryzen 5 5600X3D CPU

Google, show me the way to the nearest Micro Center.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X3D

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.

ModelCores / ThreadsTDPL3 CacheBase ClockBoost ClockCurrent price
Ryzen 9 5950X16 / 32105W64MB3.4GHz4.9GHz$445
Ryzen 9 5900X12 / 24105W64MB3.7GHz4.8GHz$350
Ryzen 7 5800X3D8 / 16105W96MB3.4GHz4.5GHz$350
Ryzen 7 5800X8 / 16105W32MB3.8GHz4.7GHz$350
Ryzen 7 5700X8 / 1665W32MB3.4GHz4.6GHz$180
Ryzen 7 5700G8 / 1665W16MB3.8GHz4.6GHz$200
Ryzen 5 5600X3D6 / 12105W96MB3.3GHz4.4GHz$229
Ryzen 5 5600X6 / 1265W32MB3.7GHz4.6GHz$180
Ryzen 5 5600G6 / 1265W16MB3.9GHz4.4GHz$130
Ryzen 5 56006 / 1265W32MB3.5GHz4.4GHz$120
Ryzen 5 55006 / 1265W16MB3.6GHz4.2GHz$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.

Yup, only available if you go into a Micro Center store.

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.