AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X3D pricing keeps the pressure on Intel

On Tuesday, AMD announced pricing and availability for its upcoming Ryzen 9 7950X3D, Ryzen 9 7900X3D, and Ryzen 7 7800X3D. The two Ryzen 9 chips arrive on February 28, while the Ryzen 7 7800X3D arrives later on April 6. More importantly, though, the flagship doesn’t come with a price hike.

The suggested retail prices are $700, $600, and $450 for the Ryzen 9 7950X3D, Ryzen 9 7900X3D, and Ryzen 7 7800X3D, respectively. The Ryzen 9 7950X3D debuts at the same price as the base Ryzen 9 7950X, while the Ryzen 7 7800X3D is $50 more expensive than the Ryzen 7 7700X available now. The Ryzen 9 7900X3D also carries a price increase of $40 to $50.

While the two Ryzen 9 models don’t have a price increase over AMD’s suggested rates, they are more expensive. AMD’s Zen 4 processors saw poor sales, resulting in the Ryzen 9 7950X selling for $550 to $600 and the Ryzen 9 7900X for closer to $400.

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This shift pretty much cements the base of Ryzen 7000 processors at lower prices. AMD hasn’t made any official announcements, but we don’t expect prices to climb again once the 3D V-Cache processors are here.

These are much anticipated processors from AMD since the company announced them at the beginning of the year. The 3D V-Cache technology behind the chips led to the last-gen Ryzen 7 5800X3D taking the top spot as the best gaming processor you can buy, and it’s staying there even with next-gen processors making the rounds.

Ryzen 9 7950X3D Ryzen 9 7900X3D Ryzen 7 7800X3D
Cores/wires 16/32 24/12 8/16
Base / Boost clock 4.2GHz/5.7GHz 4.4GHz/5.6GHz 4.XGHz/5GHz
Case size 144 MB 140 MB 104 MB
Power pull 120W 120W 120W

However, this time is different. In the previous generation, AMD only released a single processor with 3D V-Cache. The company is now expanding the technology into its product stack, with the Ryzen 9 7950X3D packing 3D V-Cache along with the full 16 Zen 4 cores seen on the base processor.

AMD claims the flagship Ryzen 9 7950X3D is up to 24% faster than Intel’s Core i9-13900K in games, as well as anywhere from 4% to 52% faster in productivity programs. The latter was the Achilles heel of the previous generation, with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D getting bumped by other processors outside of gaming (read our Ryzen 7 5800X3D review for more details).

This processor, according to AMD, was built to counter the problems of the previous generation. However, games remain the main focus. Compared to the previous generation, AMD says the Ryzen 7 7800X3D is up to 30% faster and gamers can expect an average boost of 15%.

While it’s clear that AMD is at the top of the list of best processors, we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on these processors to test them ourselves. As we saw recently with the Ryzen 5 7600, AMD’s cheaper Ryzen 7000 processors can have unexpectedly high performance.

The new processors are included in AMD’s Ryzen 7000 Gaming Bundle promotion, which includes a free digital code for the upcoming Star Wars Jedi Survivor. Although the promotion is still on, this game was recently bumped from its original March release date to late April.

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