It’s Official: AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D Won’t Support Overclocking

Nathan Le Gohlisse

Hardware Specialist

March 17, 2022 at 4:25 p.m.


AMD Ryzen 9 5950X © AMD


Unsurprisingly, AMD’s new Ryzen 7 5800X3D won’t support overclocking in the traditional sense. Instead, it will be necessary to simply use Infinity Fabric technology and adjust the frequency of the DRAM to boost performance.

This is what we learn from Robert Hallock, Director of Technical Marketing at AMD. In a live organized by the specialized site Hot Hardwarethe interested party confirmed that his eminence the Ryzen 7 5800X3D will not allow manual adjustment of its maximum frequency or voltages, thus making overclocking impossible.

A question of timing more than a technological blockage

In this case, Robert Hallock explains that this prohibition comes mainly from the technological youth of the 5800X3D. This new processor is indeed the first to use a 3D stack allowing it to accommodate a large L3 cache placed just above its eight-core chiplet. Called “3D V-Cache”, this technology has simply not yet been optimized for overclocking… and rather than waiting for it to be, AMD has preferred to make it available to gamers. With it, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is indeed supposed to develop 15% more performance than the imposing Ryzen 9 5900X in games.

As a reminder, this new chip will hit the market on April 20 at $449. It will have the heavy responsibility of competing against the Intel Core i9-12900KS, expected at the end of March.

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