AMD's 3D V-Cache-refreshed Ryzen chips are slated to start production in November, hints tipster
Tipster @Greymon55 recently stated that AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5000 refreshes with 3D V-Cache will enter mass production as early as next month. This aligns closely with AMD's official announcement that 3D V-Cache-enabled Ryzen chips will hit the market by Q1 2022.
The timing of both the production and launch of these refresh chips is critical. Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake chips are likely to hit the market as early as the first week of November. With leaked performance benchmarks hinting at major Alder Lake performance gains vis a vis Ryzen 5000, AMD would need some kind of stopgap in place before the launch of Zen 4 hardware, to maintain some level of performance parity.
This appears to be what 3D V-Cache parts are meant for. In AMD's initial announcement, Team Red claimed that the new CPUs could deliver as much as 15 percent higher performance thanks to the V-Cache technology. This is roughly in line with a generational performance boost. But we'll need to wait til Q1 2022 to ascertain whether or not it's enough to keep Alder Lake at bay.