AMD Is Reportedly Prepping the 5600X3D, a 6-Core/12-Threaded Ryzen 5 Processor with a 3D V-cache

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AMD is reportedly working on another X3D processor but this time around it appears to be a Ryzen 5 CPU getting the 3D V-cache treatment. An unverified image has been spotted online showing an AMD Ryzen 5600X3D. The processor is listed as having 6 cores/12 threads, a 3 MB L2 cache along with a 96 MB L3 cache. Clock speeds are 3.3 GHz base/4.4 GHz boost. It should be noted that leaks and/or rumors of unreleased processor specs can be faked so this should be taken with a grain of salt.

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If it’s true that AMD is reportedly prepping this processor then it could be good news for those still on an AM4 platform looking for an affordable upgrade. The long-lasting platform received a major boost with last year’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D 8-core/16-thread processor which has gone on to become extremely popular among PC gamers. Reviews showed it trading blows with numerous top-tier gaming processors with favorable results. The specifications for this rumored 5600X3D look impressive but the price will be key as the aforementioned 5800X3D has, once again, recently dropped to $289 on Amazon. If true, this processor would need to launch in the area of $200-$220 in order to be competitively priced.

AM4 will live on

In lending some credence to this rumor AMD has said previously that it wasn’t done with AM4. It was just last year at Computex 2022 that AMD CEO Lisa Su said that in regard to the 5800 X3D and AM4 platform, “It is the world’s fastest gaming CPU, and importantly, it delivers that leadership performance while using significantly less power. Now, while M4 is a great platform that will continue for many years to come, building the best PCs is always about pushing the envelope.”

It was in the fall of 2022 that a leaked slide from AMD indicated that it could be releasing more X3D processors in 2023 for the AM4 socket as well. For those wanting a refresher on the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X we have a performance review of it here.

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Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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