Update (24th January 2023): AMD appears to have included “Unlocked for Overclocking” incorrectly on its website once more because the phrase has since been completely removed from the specifications pages of all three Ryzen 7000 X3D CPUs. The most recent product page screenshot is shown below:
While AMD wasn’t entirely explicit on overclocking support at launch, they have now pretty well confirmed that the Ryzen 7000 X3D “3D V-Cache” CPUs included an unlocked design, which would suggest that users will be able to alter the BCLK as they choose. Even though AMD has “Unlocked” OC support stated, they still advise customers to use auto-tuning solutions like Curve Optimizer with PBO.
The best overall CPU performance is delivered via Curve Optimizer, which AMD advises users to use. However, hard frequency overclocking is restricted, much like with Zen 3D V-Cache processors from the previous generation. The red team claims that the voltages have increased this time around, reaching 1.4V as opposed to the 1.1V limit on the Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU. There is a hard lock, exactly like the previous generation, because the chip’s stacked L3 cache is extremely susceptible to high temperatures and increased voltage, and it is likely that the chips could break if they are modified. This means that AMD Ryzen 7000 X3D CPUs must deal with the low voltage they have in order to utilise PBO and Curve Optimizer.
The AMD Ryzen 7000 X3D “3D V-Cache” CPUs should be capable of some respectable overclocks because 1.4V is still a significant amount of voltage to work with. Now, AMD is providing this update only a few weeks after they inadvertently put the CPUs’ release date as February 14th, which proved out to be erroneous and necessitated the publication of a statement from the firm. This could very well be another another instance of it, but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s the case.
What is certain is that AMD’s Ryzen 7000 X3D CPUs, which will go on sale next month, will be the world’s fastest gaming processors when they do. Even without overclocking, these chips have a sizable market for success provided they provide the correct level of performance and value. Overclocking will be advantageous.