AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D review

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The $449/£429 Ryzen 7 5800X3D is something a bit different from AMD, 

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a processor that exists to demonstrate the power of the firm's 3D V-Cache design for its upcoming Ryzen CPUs 

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and fight off Intel's 12900KS for the title of 'fastest gaming processor'. 

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It's also something of a last hurrah for the surprisingly long-lived AM4 platform,

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which debuted back in 2017 and outlasted half a dozen Intel generations as Ryzen CPUs improved in leaps and bounds.

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So what exactly is a 3D V-Cache anyway? Let's start with the basics. You can think of a processor's 

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cache as a place to store data it's currently working on - a bit like RAM, 

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but because it's inside the CPU it is an order of magnitude faster to access and an order of magnitude 

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smaller in terms of the amount of data it can store. Modern processors typically use three levels of cache - L1, L2, L3 

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