A Bumpy Start to Zen4
AMD has not seen the best sales numbers with its Zen4 lineup. The main issues include the costly motherboards and just better value products from Intel’s Raptor Lake. If we talk about the individual CPUs, the Ryzen 5 7600X is AMD’s entry-level Zen4 offering priced at $299. A 6-cored CPU costing $299 does not bode well with the current market. To add insult to injury, Intel has priced their 14-cored 13600K in the same ballpark as the 7600X. The new platform also requires DDR5 memory, which subsequently increases the price even more. You get the gist of things from here.
Meet the Ryzen 7 7700
Hardware leaker, momomo_us pointed towards a possible 7700 SKU. From the tweet, we know that this SKU is equipped with 8 cores, leading to a 16 thread configuration and a 65W base TDP. Using the base 1.35x multiplier for the PPT, the 7700 has a Max PPT (Package Power Tracking) of 88W. This is considerably lower than either company’s present offerings.
7700 8 65
— 188号 (@momomo_us) October 22, 2022
Where Does the 7700 Stand?
The Ryzen 7 7700 will not directly outclass the 7700X, however, price-to-performance may be the goal here. Currently, the i5-13600K trades blows with even the 7700X in select scenarios while costing much less. The Ryzen 7 7700, if priced correctly can take a significant cut of the market share from Intel. Although, for a much more visible impact team red may need to reduce the prices of other SKUs as well in the Ryzen 7000 lineup.
The low 65W TDP should not be taken lightly. From a few testing results, Zen4 scales incredibly well at lower power consumptions. Although, both Intel and AMD chose to overclock their CPUs by a huge margin for minimal gains. We do not know if this CPU is aimed at Intel’s upcoming budget non-K/F offerings. However, based on the current market position, we expect AMD to unveil this SKU as soon as possible.
|CPU||Cores/Threads||TDP||Cache||iGPU Cus||iGPU Clock||CPU Clocks||MSRP|
|Ryzen 9 7950X||16/32||170W||80MB (16MB L2 + 64MB L3)||2CUs||2.2GHz||4.5GHz/5.7GHz||$699|
|Ryzen 9 7900X||12/14||170W||76MB (12MB L2 + 64MB L3)||2CUs||2.2GHz||4.7GHz/5.6GHz||$549|
|Ryzen 7 7700X||8/16||105W||40MB (8MB L2 + 32MB L3)||2CUs||2.2GHz||4.5GHz/5.4GHz||$399|
|Ryzen 7 7700||8/16||65W||–||2CUs||2.2GHz||–||$349?|
|Ryzen 5 7600X||6/12||105W||38MB (6MB + 32MB L3)||2CUs||2.2GHz||4.7GHz/5.3GHz||$299|