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AMD Ryzen CPUs with 3D V-Cache could power up gaming PCs by early 2022

AMD's Ryzen processors have quickly become some of the greatest gaming CPUs you can add to your gaming PC, but 'Zen 3D' could make them even better

A 3D render of cubes, with an AMD Ryzen chiplet stacked atop the middle cube surrounded bya gold colour 'Zen' logo

Intel has finally made the processor market competitive again with its Alder Lake CPUs, but it appears AMD has a trick up its sleeve that could help the company maintain the lead that it’s built up over the past several years. According to reliable hardware leaker Greymon55, we could see Ryzen CPUs equipped with team red’s new ‘3D V-Cache’ technology on store shelves by February 2022.

AMD announced that it would begin production of its “highest-end products with 3D chiplets by the end of this year”, during its Computex keynote in June, but the company is yet to announce an official release date. Greymon55 claims that team red is already in the midst of mass producing chips and that it “usually takes at least 3 months to get to market, so I’m leaning toward it being announced in January and available in February.”

This technology will prove useful in improving performance across a variety of applications, including gaming. AMD says a prototype Ryzen 9 5900X using 3D V-Cache technology can boost fps by 15% on average, versus the company’s current best gaming CPU, thanks to triple the amount of L3 cache.

It’s unclear whether these processors will be part of a new Zen 4 microarchitecture or some kind of Zen 3 refresh, but we may get more details from AMD at CES 2022.

Unfortunately, the 192MB of L3 cache that will likely be found the upcoming processors makes them prime targets for cryptocurrency miners. Then, of course, there’s the ongoing chip shortage to consider, which will undoubtedly affect the MSRP and availability of the CPUs.