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AMD Plans Cheaper Zen 3 CPUs


Intel has with the Core i5-12400F and the Core i3-12100F strong Alder Lake chips for under 200 euros on offer, which AMD wants to counter soon.

AMD is working on new Ryzen CPUs in the lower price range, as MEGAsizeGPU reports on Twitter (via Videocardz): Specifically, the Ryzen 7 5700X, the Ryzen 5 5600 and the Ryzen 5 5500 are to go on sale in March 2022; the three models are intended as a counter to Intel's inexpensive Alder Lake processors of the i3/i5 class.

Chips such as the six-core Core i5-12400F (test) for 180 euros and the four-core Core i3-12100F for 115 euros are so far alone on a wide corridor, since the Ryzen 5 5600X (test) costs at least 230 euros and even the Ryzen 5 5600G with 210 euros not significantly less.

The Ryzen 7 5700X, like the Ryzen 7 5800X (review), is likely to be based on the Vermeer design with 32 MByte L3 cache, but specified with 65 watts and lower clock rates - it would be the successor to the very popular Ryzen 7 3700X. The Ryzen 7 5700X should be cheaper than the Core i5-12600K (review) and put it under pressure in terms of price.

With the Ryzen 5 5600, it remains open for the time being whether AMD relies on Vermeer or Cezanne. The Core i5-12400F will serve as a competitor here, whereby its price should be undercut. In order to achieve its performance, however, a Vermeer-based CPU is required, as its 32 instead of 16 MByte L3 cache provides ten to 15 percent more performance, especially in games. In addition, Cezanne only supports PCIe Gen3 instead of Gen4 for the graphics card - a very relevant factor for models such as the Radeon RX 6500 XT.

For the Ryzen 5 5500, which is to compete against it with a similar price to the Core i3-12100F, Cezanne should be sufficient as a basis thanks to 6C/6T instead of 4C/8T. On top, AMD should also round off the portfolio in March with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which corresponds to a Ryzen 7 5800X with tripled L3 cache.