3D V-Cache Infused Zen 4: AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D Gaming Review

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D 3D V-Cache Boxed Processor
by Rob Williams on March 27, 2023 in Gaming, Processors

AMD’s first Zen 4 processors featuring 3D V-Cache technology have landed, and with a focus squarely on gamers, we’ve been eager to see how 3D V-Cache elevates AMD’s Zen 4, and not to mention how it performs against the Intel competition. With the 16-core 7950X3D and thirteen games in-hand, let’s explore what AMD’s latest and greatest gaming CPU can pull off.

Page 3 – F1 22, FH 5, Returnal, Spider-Man Miles Morales & TW Three Kingdoms

F1 22

F1 22 (1080p, AMD Ryzen 7950X3D)
F1 22 (1440p, AMD Ryzen 7950X3D)

To kick this page’s look at games off, F1 22 gives us a couple of oddities. At 1080p, this is one game where the 7950X3D saw no benefit over the 7950X, and in fact, it fell 11 FPS behind. The 8-core 5800X3D did see a gain over the 5800X, so it could be we’ll see the upcoming 7800X3D fare better. Ultimately, it’s the 5800X3D at 1080p that rules the roost, with the 7950X slotting in right behind it.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 (1080p, AMD Ryzen 7950X3D)
Forza Horizon 5 (1440p, AMD Ryzen 7950X3D)

Based on both of the 3D V-Cache samples here, we can see Forza Horizon 5 benefits a bit from the extra cache, although not to the level we see in some other games. This is another title where the 13900K places ahead of the 7950X, but behind the 7950X3D. Despite using really high-end graphics settings, this is one title that still shows a noticeable improvement at 1440p.


Returnal (1080p, AMD Ryzen 7950X3D)
Returnal (1440p, AMD Ryzen 7950X3D)

Returnal released weeks before the 7950X3D launch, so we wanted to include it in here in hopes it might show some interesting scaling. Unfortunately, that’s not really the case. These results better highlight the overall performance differences between architectures than cache size differences.

Spider-Man Miles Morales

Spider-Man Miles Morales (1080p, AMD Ryzen 7950X3D)
Spider-Man Miles Morales (1440p, AMD Ryzen 7950X3D)

The differences 3D V-Cache can make in Spider-Man Miles Morales is downright impressive. The 7950X scored 177 FPS at 1080p, while the 7950X3D boosted that to 213 FPS. In another neat battle, the 5800X3D scored 204 FPS, over 5800X’s 158 FPS. This is another game where if the X3D chips didn’t exist, the 13900K would be pegged to the top. Here, even the 5800X3D manages to inch ahead of 13900K.

At 1440p, the 5800X3D manages to somehow take the top spot, which for many reasons is impressive. This behavior leads us to believe that the 7800X3D might be able to overtake the 7950X3D, and presumably, the 5800X3D.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War Three Kingdoms (1080p, AMD Ryzen 7950X3D)
Total War Three Kingdoms (1440p, AMD Ryzen 7950X3D)

We’re wrapping up our look at regular games (two esports titles are on the next page) with Three Kingdoms, and we’re almost not sure what to say here. The scaling is straight-up strange!

First and foremost, and looking at 1080p, both the 13900K and 5800X3D performed the same, and both of those leaped far ahead of the rest of the pack. Three Kingdoms clearly favors Intel’s CPUs, but it also thrives on having additional cache. The 7950X scored 213 FPS at 1080p, while the 7950X3D bumped that to 284 FPS.

1440p changes things up a bit, but not enough to remove the 5800X3D from its perch on top. This result hints that the 7800X3D might be able to become the new leader, as this game doesn’t seem to love AMD’s dual-CCD chips. In this particular instance, the 3D V-Cache makes up for that.

As mentioned above, the next page will tackle two esports titles, as well as our final thoughts.

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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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