AMD Ryzen 9000 Series CPU Gaming Performance Continues to Improve, Still Trails X3D

Gamingdeputy reported on June 11 that TomsHardware interviewed Donny Woligroski, senior technical marketing manager of AMD consumer processors, to discuss the company's latest Ryzen 9000 series Zen 5 processors.

He said that while the Ryzen 9000 series may not surpass the existing Ryzen 7000X3D series chips in terms of gaming performance, the gap between the two will be smaller than ever. In addition, AMD will continue to improve its 3D V-Cache technology.


Woligroski also stressed that the new Ryzen 9000 series has the same core count and nearly the same boost frequency as the previous generation, but still represents a huge improvement.

At its Computex press conference, AMD called the new R9 9950X the “world's fastest consumer desktop processor,” but stopped short of claiming it was the fastest gaming chip (although it averaged about 11% higher than Intel's Core i9-14900K). Clearly, AMD's previous-generation Ryzen 7000X3D series processors are the most powerful gaming processors in their minds.

In response to this question, Woligroski said: “Is it the fastest in terms of gaming? According to our tests, it is faster than the competition, but the X3D is still the king, but its lead is not as much as before. Therefore, the 7800X3D will indeed be faster than the 9700X, but the performance improvement may not be as big as you expect.”

In fact, AMD Ryzen 7000 series processors also have similar problems. For example, the gaming performance of R9 7950X is indeed about 8% behind the previous generation R7 5800X3D, and AMD did not break this record until the launch of the new R7 7800X3D a year later.


AMD says its second-generation 3D V-Cache technology takes gaming performance to a whole new level — about 30% faster than the fastest standard Ryzen 7000 processor.

Woligroski pointed out that the gap between X3D and non-X3D chips is smaller this time, which may be due to the 16% IPC improvement of the Zen 5 architecture, faster L1 and L2 caches, and higher acceleration frequency. Of course, Gamingdeputy will also conduct tests to verify this in the future.

While the gaming performance of the standard R9 9950X is close to that of the previous generation X3D chips, Woligroski hinted that the next generation X3D chips will also feature further improved 3D V-Cache technology.

Moving on to X3D, we are very serious about X3D technology. In fact, we have some really great X3D updates coming soon. So we are working hard to iterate and improve, not just simply reuse.

Unfortunately, we don’t know the details of the next-generation X3D technology yet, but AMD can improve this technology in many ways. For example, the L3 cache chiplets used in AMD’s past two generations of products are all built on a 7nm process, and if they can be upgraded to 5nm, AMD will certainly be able to stack a larger L3 cache.

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