AMD Ryzen 5 5600X3D reportedly in the works with 96 MB of L3 cache
While the Ryzen 7 7800X3D strikes an impeccable balance between price and gaming performance, ongoing issues with AM5 motherboards may dissuade many gamers from picking one up. The only alternative at this point is the equally impressive Ryzen 7 5800X3D. That could change soon, as AMD has a Ryzen 5 5600X3D in the pipeline.
The information comes from Twitter user chi11eddog, a renowned leaker with a good track record. It is a 6-core, 12-thread processor with a base/boost clock of 4.4/3.3 GHz and 96 MB of L3 cache (same as the 5800X3D). Other specs are unknown for now, but it will likely be a Ryzen 5 5600X with an extra V-cache tile slapped on top.
Currently, there is no word about when the Ryzen 5 5600X3D will launch. It makes little sense for AMD to put it out now, given how frequently the Ryzen 7 5800X3D gets discounted. However, an AM4-compatible X3D processor will be an attractive option for those still on the platform, especially when priced around the US$250 mark.
The Ryzen 5 5600X3D's existence makes one wonder if there ever will be a Ryzen 5 7600X3D. Its ultra-late launch tacitly implies AMD will sit on the Zen 4 X3D part until much later in the release cycle. Or it probably has a stockpile of old dies that didn't make the cut as a Ryzen 7 SKU. Either way, it still qualifies as a win for hardware-starved gamers, at least in the CPU department.