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AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D vs Ryzen 9 7950X: Tested in 15 Gaming Benchmarks

AMD quickly followed up the Ryzen 9 7950X with the 7950X3D with fewer than 6 months between them. The latter is the first asymmetrical Zen chip featuring a 3D V-Cache and a vanilla Zen 4 die. In addition to the L3 cache, the two differ in core frequencies and power consumption. The V-Cache die has a lower boost clock (~5GHz to 5.2GHz) and, therefore, a lower power consumption. Its counterpart, however, boosts as high as 5.75GHz, drawing the same amount of power as the 7950X CCD.

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3DAMD Ryzen 9 7950XAMD Ryzen 7 7800X3DIntel Core i9-13900K
Base Clock4.2GHz4.7GHz4.2GHz3.0GHz
Boost Clock5.7GHz5.7GHz5.0GHz5.8GHz
L3 Cache32MB+32MB+64MB32MB+32MB32MB+64MB36MB
Power120 watts170 watts120 watts253 watts

Test Bench

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Aorus Master X670E
  • Memory: DDR5 16GB x2 @6,000MT/s CL36 (EXPO)
  • Heatsink: Noctua NH-D15
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 4090 FE
  • PSU: Corsair HX1000i Platinum

Ryzen 9 7950X3D vs Ryzen 9 7950X Gaming Benchmarks

In traditional rasterized games, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D quickly distinguishes itself, beating the 7950X in every test by a sizable margin. Right off the boot, it is 22% faster than the latter in Assassins’ Creed Valhalla at 720p and 1080p. Cyberpunk 2077 is more GPU bottlenecked, and the two chips perform roughly the same.

Dying Light 2 favors the 7950X3D even more. The 3D V-Cache part is nearly 50% faster than the 7950X in this game at the ultra preset at 720p. Hitman 3 is a more moderate affair with a single-digit delta between the two CPUs.

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, we see a massive 32% difference in the frame rates of the two CPUs. The deltas shrink to 14% in Callisto Protocol, while Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands exhibits similar numbers.

Ryzen 9 7950X3D vs Ryzen 9 7950X Ray Tracing Benchmarks

The deltas are notably smaller in ray-traced titles, as the GPU does much of the heavy lifting. The two chips are equally fast in Crysis Remastered, while Cyberpunk 2077 sees the 7950X3D take an 11% lead over the 7950X at 720p.

In Dying Light 2, the Ryzen 9 79509X3D is 20% faster than the Ryzen 9 7950X at 720p. At 1080p, the two CPUs are limited by the GPU, offering the same frame rates. F1 2022 and Hitman 3 see a minimal delta of 5-10% between the processors, as does Metro Exodus.

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Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have written about computer hardware for over seven years with over 5000 published articles. I started during engineering college and haven't stopped since. On the side, I play RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Divinity, and Fallout. Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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