AMD’s first V-cache-enabled gaming CPU, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, will be released on April 20th. Despite it being officially unavailable, a Peruvian technology site has already bought one at retail. Like any good silicone steward, it runs chip benchmarks and posts them online. The website genogaming started with several synthetic CPU tests before moving on to the real juicy stuff: the gaming benchmark. While this is still only a single gaming benchmark, looking at the chip’s extra L3 cache, it looks like it’s likely to make a big difference in gaming.
The website runs a benchmark for Shadow of the Tomb Rider with the developers of CapframeX, a frame time analysis tool. As reported by Tom Hardware, the website runs the benchmark at 1280 × 720 resolution with low quality. This is a common strategy for removing GPUs from equations. Despite this setup, the AMD and Intel systems used in the experiment had different hardware, so this is not a direct comparison. The Intel system uses both a 12900K and 12900KS CPU with RTX 3090 Ti and DDR5-4800 C40 RAM. The AMD rig had an RTX 3080 Ti with DDR4-3200 C14 memory, so its spaces are a bit smaller than those of the Intel system. Despite this advantage, the 5800X3D still surpasses both Intel chips in the standalone gaming benchmark.
The 5800X3D was able to score 231 fps at 720p, while the 12900KS was only able to achieve 200 fps. The Vanilla Core i9-12900K increased the score by 190 fps. This is a final victory over the 12900KS, probably more than AMD’s chip. The Intel CPU can run two cores on all cores up to 5.5GHz or 5.2GHz. However, screenshots of Genogaming show that the 5800X3D was clocked at 4.45GHz during testing. It shows overall CPU usage in all 8 cores at 84.5 percent, while running at a cold 55C. This is in stark contrast to the reported temp of 12900KS, which can run at 100C by lifting the power limit according to Tom’s hardware test. The 12900KS is the 799 CPU compared to the 5800X3D’s $ 449 MSRP. Suffice it to say, AMD’s new CPU could claim Intel’s chip as the “fastest gaming CPU” crown. It can do this even though it is not allowed to overclock.
Some units will also need that crown to move. Genogaming first posted the standard CPU test and the results were irresistible. As reported by Videocardz, it scored 1,639 and 10,498 points on the Geekbench 5.4.4 single-core and multi-core tests. That single-core number is less than a stock 5800X in the Geekbench database. The 5800X3D also performed worse than the 12900K on the CPU-Z. It has somewhat saved its reputation in Blender, however, giving a slight performance boost from three to 11 percent. It should be noted that the 64MB V-Cache added to the chip is for AMD gaming purposes. AMD specifically states that this is a gaming CPU, so one should not expect big performance enhancements in other applications. We’ll see for ourselves where these chips land when they officially launch in a week.