AMD Zen 3 refresh with 3D V-cache confirmed for early 2022 release, 15% performance uplift

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Oct 13, 2021 12:55 PM

AMD recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of Ryzen, the family of processors that put AMD back on the map for serious CPU performance. With the celebration, AMD also announced a refresh of their Zen 3-based CPUs will be launching next year, using their new 3D V-Cache technology for a 15% performance uplift.

That's like a generational uplift,” said John Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer at AMD. 15% is certainly a big boost for a simple refresh, and with Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake processors launching later this year, AMD needs something to answer with. Whether that 15% is enough though will remain to be seen based on leaked benchmarks for the Core i9-12900K.

AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series - based on the Zen 3 architecture - are already some of the best CPUs for gaming at the moment, letting AMD take the top spot against Intel. However, based on those leaked benchmarks for Intel’s Alder Lake, AMD will need some sort of pressure on Intel to stay competitive.

Intel Alder Lake is also set to get a performance boost in Windows 11, whilst conversely AMD Ryzen chips are experiencing performance issues in Windows 11. We’re not saying at all that this more than a coincidence, but it seems like Intel will have a major advantage over AMD in the new operating system.

AMD didn’t confirm which CPUs exactly will be getting the refresh, so it could be a small selection like the XT refresh last year, or a full refresh of the entire Ryzen 5000 series lineup. Some are saying that these will become the reportedly-cancelled Ryzen 6000 series processors, though that’s just speculation at the moment.

What do you think? Are you excited for a Zen 3 refresh next year? Do you think a 15% uplift is enough to compete against Intel Alder Lake? Are you looking to upgrade your CPU soon? Let us know!

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17:09 Oct-14-2021

Not enough. I will wait for Zen 4. I hope i am wrong but i think AMD will become the underdog once again. We need competition however don't forget that Intel has their own fabs.

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11:23 Oct-14-2021

Damn it, just bought my 5800x too haha. Oh well still a beast.

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08:27 Oct-14-2021

Any idea when we will see the core counts increase? i have a Ryzen 7 1700 currently thats a 8Core 16thread processor. but i would love to see it increase with out having to get the crazy expensive THREADRIPPER, so that i can finally play Assetto corsa compettizione with a full 60 car grid without my pc showing me a sexy looking slideshow of the race

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13:00 Oct-13-2021

Why is everyone pointing out that ryzen will have ddr5, pcie gen 5 and 15 percent perf improvement due to the 3rd cache if it was known for motnhs know, even amd Lisa Su confirmed this herself, this is not news, everyone should be focusing on intel, amd and google accelerator war rn

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16:30 Oct-13-2021

Amd mouth pieces here also talk about accelerators in their cpus and their near future still being in "big" cores only.

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