Back in January this year, AMD officially unveiled the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, a processor that we later reviewed in April of the same year. As potent as its performance is, the CPU lacks any overclocking ability, a drawback that the brand said would not be present with its next-generation V-Cache products, currently referred to as the Ryzen 7000X3D lineup.
But while the Ryzen 7000X3D series may receive the overclocking benefit, a fresh batch of rumours is now suggesting that AMD could limit the number of cores to just 6-cores and 8-cores configurations. Further, the same source seems to suggest that those SKUs, whatever they may be, will only support DDR5-4800 memory. Beyond the two, there is no word as to whether or not there will be 3D V-Cache CPUs with higher core counts coming down the road.
Speaking of timelines, the same source also mentions that AMD could launch the Ryzen 7000X3D CPU series during the second half of 2023.
On another unrelated note and besides the Ryzen 7000X3D, the same source also briefly mentioned that Intel also plans on launching a Raptor Lake refresh within that same launch window. These CPUs will be essentially be running with between 100MHz and 200MHz than what the current 13th generation Raptor Lake CPUs operate at, although the latter option sounds a lot like the Core i9-13900KS that Intel announced during its Technology Tour in September.
To quickly recap, the 13900KS is basically a souped version of Intel’s current flagship tier CPU, the 13900K, and will run on house hand-picked, pre-binner cores that the chipmaker deems to offer the best power and operating efficiency. In terms of performance, Intel says that the CPU will run at 6GHz out of the box and, if it is anything like the 12900KS, will run on two P-Cores instead of one.
Again, everything about the Ryzen 7000X3D and Raptor Lake refresh CPUs are just rumours, so do take this news with the usual consumption of sodium.