AMD will launch the 3D stacked V-Cache variants of its Ryzen 7000 processors as early as the end of 2022. That’s this very year, just months after the release of consumer Zen 4 offerings. According to Greymon55, Team Red’s packaging plant in China has already started the mass production of the Ryzen 7000X3D chips, code name Raphael-X. This makes a Q4 launch very possible, roughly a quarter after the launch of the Ryzen 5 7600X, Ryzen 7 7800X, Ryzen 9 7900X, and 7950X.
With Zen 3, AMD was simply testing 3D V-Cache technology, as evidenced by the lack of overclocking, underclocking, and other TDP/clock scaling algorithms such as PBO and AutoOC. Raphael-X will almost certainly feature multiple SKUs, including at least the Ryzen 7 7800X3D and Ryzen 9 7900X3D. A hexagonal core Ryzen 5 7600X3D may also be running with a reduced cache, probably around 64MB.
AMD may also release these chips with fully unlocked multipliers, since BCLK overclocking has been rumored, but thermal issues may persist as 5nm dies will be much harder to cool. According to whispers on Twitter (Kepler_L2), the 3D V-Cache version of Genoa (Genoa-X) is also in mass production and may launch with vanilla SKUs later this year.
AMD appears to have a wide range of SKUs primed and ready for the next two years with, but not limited to, the following technologies:
- ZENE 4.
- Zen 4c.
- ZENE 5.
- Zen 5c.
- 3D cache.
- AI accelerators powered by Xilinx.
- Infinite Architecture v4.
Looking at this lineup, it’s possible that AMD will again dominate this generation in terms of efficiency (5nm + architectural optimizations), gaming performance (10% IPC, higher clocks, V-Cache) and creation performance of content (30-40% MT high performance, although high-end Raptor Lake SKUs may score a win due to higher core counts ~ up to 24 on the Core i9-13900K).