AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D, the new 3D V-cache processor revealed at CES, may only be produced in small numbers when it lands in early 2022 — and the chip may still be on the ground until the second half of the year, with the latest news from the mill. rumours.
This comes from DigiTimes (via PC Gamer), which reports that TSMC, which makes the 5800X3D, is expected to only start with “small-volume production” of the processor, according to industry sources familiar with the matter. However, the report also shows that production could increase significantly when TSMC’s new packaging plant in Chunan (Taiwan) becomes operational later in the year (presumably in the second half of 2022).
So while everyone is (rightfully) cautious about the potential amount of stock when it comes to many new PC components at launch, it looks like the Ryzen 7 5800X3D might be especially shaky at first — perhaps in the first few months of CPU being on shelves ( or not, as appropriate).
At least if that report is true, anyway; And note that we definitely have to be careful in this regard, because DigiTimes is not always the most reliable media medium.
Analysis: Could a 3D cache turn into a somewhat ineffective temporary hiatus?
We—and a lot of others, no doubt—were a little surprised when AMD’s CES 2022 3D V cache update came out to include a single-model revamp. However, if there have been rumors from supply chain rumor mongers that AMD may struggle to get enough of just the 5800X3D, it’s not really surprising that Team Red also didn’t see fit to push the 5900X3D or 5950X3D (or something else) variant. Else, for that matter).
We know that the lack of components is making life difficult for AMD (and everyone else) anyway, certainly in the first half of this year, and as PC Gamer points out, the company has to prioritize enterprise (Epyc) chips largely in the high-end because these are the Big profits.
We shouldn’t read too much into this as previously mentioned, but if that’s the truth – or something close to it – this 3D cache fix will be left as a somewhat ineffective temporary measure against Intel’s cool new Alder Lake chips. AMD’s Zen 4 processors are still a long way off, and won’t be due until later in 2022, after all (and the next generation Intel Raptor Lake will arrive around the same time, or sooner, too, so Team Blue won’t even be around.) ).