It's been two weeks since AMD released the first Zen 4 processors with an additional L3 cache, the Ryzen 9 7950XD (test) and Ryzen 9 7900X3D (test). One of the two CPUs has already fallen in price, the other is not available anywhere. Did the community strike – or are you waiting in vain so far?
Two processors, two contrasting situations
Ryzen 9 7950X3D and Ryzen 9 7900X3D give an ambivalent picture in two respects. On the one hand, there is the discrepancy in the 3D V-Cache performance leap, which only fully impacts the more expensive 16-core processor: In the performance rating on ComputerBase, AMD's new top model for gamers ends up 19 percent ahead of the Ryzen 9 7950X (test) without stacked SRAM and beats everything that the competitor Intel currently has to offer. Even the Core i9-13900KS (test) – at half the power consumption in games. A processor of superlatives. And that also applies to the price: according to the recommended retail price, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D costs 789 euros in this country – no CPU has been that expensive on a mainstream socket for a long time.
In retail, however, this price was already surpassed at the market launch; the top model changed hands at some dealers for just under 1,000 euros. Not for long, though, as availability is about as bad as hardware enthusiasts were unaccustomed to after the launch of next-gen CPUs and graphics cards in late 2022. In the past two weeks, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D has only been available sporadically from a few retailers – and has never been available again at the RRP since the market launch. The CPU is also currently nowhere to be had; the price comparison does not list a single offer.
A completely different picture emerges with the Ryzen 9 7900X3D, which is equipped with only six “V-Cache cores”, but which only increases by 12 percent and has to be classified at the level of the much cheaper Core i7-13700K. So it's no wonder that the demand is likely to be lower, especially since the CPU is only 110 euros cheaper according to the RRP. In retail, on the other hand, the 7900X3D has not only been available from stock at a good dozen dealers since it went on sale, but can now also be bought for almost 40 euros below the RRP.
Have you struck – or are you waiting (in vain)?
How did the community on ComputerBase experience the market launch of the first two Zen 4 CPUs with 3D V-Cache? Did you buy a Ryzen 9 7950X3D or Ryzen 9 7900X3D? Have you been waiting in vain for an opportunity to buy the new top model? Or are you waiting for the smaller Ryzen 7 7800X3D, which is supposed to be released on April 6th?
Did you buy a Zen 4 CPU with 3D V-Cache?
- Yes, I bought the Ryzen 9 7950X3D with an MSRP of 789 euros.
- Yes, I bought the Ryzen 9 7950X3D but had to pay above MSRP.
- Yes, I bought the Ryzen 9 7900X3D.
- No – I wanted to buy the Ryzen 9 7950X3D but didn't receive it.
- No, I'm waiting for the Ryzen 7 7800XD.
- No, but I never intended to do that anyway.
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