AMD Ryzen 9000X3D Series Chips Reportedly Gain Full Overclocking Support, Meaning Simple Tweaks Will Make Them the All-Around Chips We’ve Always Wanted


Here at PC Gamer, we’re fans of the Ryzen X3D processors. The Ryzen 7 7800X3D is our number one pick for the best gaming processors. However, it’s not the best all-rounder due to AMD’s conservative approach to its specs. Lower base and boost clock speeds cost it a fair bit of performance compared to the Ryzen 7 7700X in applications that don’t exploit a ton of cache, while the Intel Core i5 13600K and Core i5 14600K remain formidable all-round contenders.

A novel rumor suggests that enthusiasts will be able to recoup some or all of the clock speed difference in next-gen X3D chips if the right information is provided Wccftech turns out to be exact. That’s because AMD is reportedly set to enable unlimited overclocking for its upcoming 9000X3D series of chips.

While OC options were allowed for Ryzen 7000X3D chips, they were constrained to enabling Precision Boost Overdrive and Curve Optimizer or using an exorbitant motherboard with an external clock generator. Tuning using the latter method is a bit complicated, but if AMD allows users to easily adjust the core multiplier, you can easily get all the clock speeds of a non-X3D CPU, combined with the gaming performance offered by the X3D CPU’s massive cache.

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AMD has been understandably reluctant to overclock the Ryzen 5000, and to a lesser extent the X3D 7000 series. The non-X3D 7000 series chips run sizzling enough as it is, and the addition of the V-cache only makes that worse. But the bigger concern is the Through Silicon Vias, or TSVs, which are basically little wires connecting the cache to the underlying core. AMD didn’t want to risk users burning out their chips by pushing voltages beyond their tolerances, although some chips did burn out anyway.

However, if AMD manages to create a more strong TSV design and allows for multiplier and voltage adjustments, the 9000X3D could be a very compelling option indeed. For now, however, there are many questions. And of course, it goes without saying that you can already overclock non-X3D and Intel K processors.

This all depends on the specifications of both processor families. All 7000X3D chips have a TDP of 120W, with slightly more performance allowed in burst mode. That’s not much by newfangled CPU standards, though, and well below the 170W TDP of the 7950X and 7900X. Depending on temperature, there should be plenty of potential headroom for 9000X3D chips once released. Of course, this is all speculation for now.

Before we get our hands on Ryzen 9000X3D chips in 2024, we’ll see standard 9000-series processors. They’re expected to launch in delayed July. We can expect an overall jump in performance, but will they be able to beat their 7000X3D predecessors? We won’t have to wait long to find out.

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