AMD Ryzen 9 7950X Flagship Zen4 CPU Revealed: 16 Cores/32 Threads, 5.85GHz Max Clocks, 170W TDP, All For $699 USD

Jump abroad the Zen4 hype train because AMD has officially announced its absolute top-of-the-line CPU, ‘Ryzen 9 7950X‘ from its Ryzen 7000 series. Coming live from the event, let’s go over the specs of this beast, including performance metrics and availability, right as the announcement is unfolding.

All Ryzen 7000 series CPUs will come with integrated graphics, though AMD did not touch upon that in their event. This is because these integrated graphics will be nothing to boast about. The company has, instead, put these inside the Zen4 processors to simply offer display functionality in cases of troubleshooting or when you don’t have a dedicated GPU but still need to power some monitors.

The Flagship To Rule Them All

The Ryzen 9 7950X features a 16 core/32 thread configuration, manufactured on TSMC‘s advanced 5nm process. Right off the bat, we’re seeing AMD dabble in unfamiliar territory here in terms of clock speeds. This CPU features a 4.9GHz base clock with the ability to boost up to an insane 5.7GHz. And that’s not even it, the “F-max” frequency of this chip can go up to 5.85GHz.

That’s higher than any Intel chip ever, a whole 200MHz higher than even Intel’s lottery-bin i9-12900KS CPU. To achieve such high numbers,  The Ryzen 9 7950X is rated at 170W TDP. For additional overclocked performance in heavy workloads, the PPT (Package Power Tracking) can go up to 230W, which is the hard limit of how much power can be delivered to the (AM5) socket.

AMD, being known for its massive cache increments from generation to generation left no stone unturned with Zen4. The 7950X ships with 80MB of total cache, combining 64MB L3 with 16MB L2 cache. Each CCD (core complex die) is packed with 32MB of cache while each core has 1MB of L2 cache. There are two CCDs in the 7950X and 16 cores, and that’s how we get the 80 number.

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X vs. Intel Core i9-12900K in V-Ray Benchmark | AMD

As you can see above, this chip is an absolute animal. In multi-threaded benchmarks such as Chaos V-Ray, the 7950X is up to 57% faster than Intel’s Core i9-12900K. This is while consuming much less power, offering 47% better efficiency at the same time. 

In terms of gaming performance, the Ryzen 9 7950X is up to 35% faster than the previous-gen Ryzen 9 5950X. AMD did not provide comparisons with Intel chips for gaming, which might suggest that the improvements are not that impressive. Regardless, these are no numbers to scoff at. 

Ryzen 9 7950X vs. Ryzen 9 5950X across games and productivity task loads | AMD

Price & Availability

Ryzen 9 7950X will retail for $699. That’s the same price as the Ryzen 9 5950X, but with a lot more performance capabilities and, potentially, a better upgrade path since we’re on the new AM5 Socket now. Moreover, the 7950X brings every upgrade with itself that Ryzen 7000 has, like the 13% IPC uplift, 29% single-core improvements, AVX-512 support, and next-gen I/O like PCIe Gen5 and DDR5 memory.

Ryzen 7000 CPUs, including the Ryzen 9 7950X will officially be available for purchase on the 27th September while pre-orders will go live on September 15. The X670 and X670E motherboards will launch day-and-date with Ryzen 7000 series processors. For those on a budget, the lower-mid end B650/B650E motherboards will hit the shelves by the 10th of October.

  • Ryzen 7000 CPUs Launch Date = 15th September, 2022
  • X670/X670E Motherboards Launch Date = 27th September, 2022
  • B650/B650E Motherboards Launch Date = 10th October, 2022

AMD also announced its other, more reasonable Ryzen 7000 Series processors at the event, including the Ryzen 5 7600X for $399. You can catch our coverage for those here. We’ll update this article as necessary as further details are revealed.

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series

CPU NameRyzen 9 7950XRyzen 9 7900XRyzen 7 7700XRyzen 5 7600X
Base Clock Speed4.5GHz4.7GHz4.5GHz4.7GHz
Boost Clock Speed5.7GHz5.6GHz5.4GHz5.3GHz
Cores/Threads16 Cores/32 Threads12 Cores/24 Threads8 Cores/16 Threads6 Cores/12 Threads
Cache Count80MB [64 L3 + 16 L2]76MB [64 L3 + 12 L2]40MB [32 L3 + 8 L2]38MB [32 L3 + 6 L2]
TDP170W170W105W105W
Price$699 USD$549 USD$399 USD$299 USD
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