AMD has now officially announced the next-gen CPUs from its Ryzen 7000 lineup. These CPUs are built on the Zen4 microarchitecture, offering a significant jump compared to Zen3, across the board. Coming live from AMD’s “together we advance_pcs” event, we have the complete specifications, price and availability, and release dates for these processors. Let’s take a look.
Ryzen 7000 CPUs are manufactured using TSMC‘s cutting-edge 5nm process node. The CCDs (core complex die) feature 6.57 billion transistors, which is 58% more than what Ryzen 5000 offered. The CCDs codenamed ‘Durango‘ house up to eight Zen4 cores dubbed as ‘Persephone‘. This puts AMD’s Zen4 chiplet at 90 million transistors per square mm. With Zen4, each CCD (Core Complex Die) is packed with 32MB of cache.
AMD is promising a 13% IPC uplift compared to Zen3 processors and up to a whopping +29% single-threaded performance improvement compared to Ryzen 5000 series. At its highest, the clock speed discrepancy between the two generations is 800Mhz, but AMD did have to increase TDPs across the board to achieve that.
The initial lineup for AMD’s Ryzen 7000 features four CPUs. Team red has announced the Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, the Ryzen 7 7700X, and the Ryzen 5 7600X. However, since the R9 7950X is a massive leap and leagues ahead of the current competition, it deserves its own article.
- Ryzen 9 7950X
- Ryzen 9 7900X
- Ryzen 7 7700X
- Ryzen 5 7600X
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 just need to drive some monitors but don’t have a dedicated GPU. In addition to that, all Ryzen 7000 processors will come with AVX-512 instruction set support.
Ryzen 9 7900X
Starting with the lesser of the Ryzen 9 chips, we have the Ryzen 9 7900X. This chip is packing 12 cores and 24 threads and will deliver exceptional performance levels complying with >15% single-core improvements promised by AMD. The CPU clocks at 4.7GHz out of the box, however, this can be boosted up to a massive 5.6GHz across a single core.
Despite being a flagship, the Ryzen 9 7900X only has a 170W TDP. The max PPT (Package Power Tracking) is rated at 230W for additional performance, offering plenty of overclocking headroom. In the cache department, the Ryzen 9 7900X leaves no loose end with 64MB of L3 and 12MB of L2 cache, amounting up to a total of 76MB of combined cache.
The Ryzen 9 7900X will retail for $549 USD, the same price as yester-gen’s Ryzen 9 5900X while providing significantly upgraded performance.
Ryzen 7 7700X
The Ryzen 7 7700X is the only CPU, so far, from AMD’s Zen4 based Ryzen 7 lineup. This CPU ships with 8 cores and 16 threads. The 7700X has a base frequency of 4.5GHz but it can go as high as 5.4GHz on a single-core. This CPU packs a punch without consuming much power as the TDP is rated at 105W (Max PPT of 142W).
The cache is tuned down a bit as compared to the Ryzen 9 SKU, but not by a huge margin. You’ll get 40MB of combined cache, divided across 32MB for L3 and 8MB for L2, guaranteeing optimum performance levels. This is AMD’s sweet spot offering and it is priced at $399, again, identical to its Ryzen 5000 counterpart.
Ryzen 5 7600X
Last, but definitely not least, we’ve got the budget-friendly Ryzen 5 7600X, delivering insanely fast gaming performance with its 6-core/12-thread configuration. AMD says the 7600X is around 5% faster than Intel’s flagship Core i9-12900K in games, on average. Let us remind you that CPU costs $569, almost twice as much as this.
The CPU clocks in at 4.7GHz base, breaching the 5.0GHz barrier if boosted, with a maximum clock speed of 5.3GHz. Being targeted for the budget segment, it does consume slightly less power with a TDP of only 105W, up from 65W seen in Ryzen 5 5600X. However, you can overclock this bad boy up to 142W based on its PPT.
Furthermore, this CPU features 32MB of L3 along with 6MB of L2 cache for a total of 38MB. That’s just 6MB more than the 5600X, but it should be noted that it’s quite difficult to bring about cache improvement on lower-end chips in the first place.
AMD’s Ryzen 5 7600X is priced at $299. While the company is retaining the same price as previous gen, we can’t help but wonder if paying 300 dollars for 6 cores in 2022 is ironic or not, coming from AMD. But the performance uplifts from last-gen might justify it for some:
The CPUs will hit the shelves on 27th September with pre-orders going live on 15th September. Interestingly, previous rumors had pointed to an all-but-confirmed 15th September launch. However, due to some BIOS-related issues, the X670 and X670E motherboards needed to be pushed back so, in order to coincide with that, AMD changed the release date of Ryzen 7000 CPUs as well.
As is tradition, the lower-end B650 and B650E motherboards are to launch a bit later than the flagship chipsets, in October. Here’s how the release dates are currently looking:
- Ryzen 7000 CPUs Launch Date = 27th September, 2022
- X670/X670E Motherboards Launch Date = 27th September, 2022
- B650/B650E Motherboards Launch Date = 10th October, 2022
We’ll be updating this article as more information comes out. So far, the pricing leak from earlier today is being proven to be inaccurate with AMD opting for more reasonable pricing in actuality. AMD has also unveiled the Ryzen 9 7950X, the true Zen4 flagship, which we have covered in detail as well.
If that weren’t enough, AMD is expected to air a potential RDNA 3 tease saved as the “One More Thing” at the tail end of the event. AMD teased its next-gen Radeon RX 7000 GPU at the tail end of the event, promising significant improvements over RDNA2 while demoing the upcoming game Lies of P.
AMD Ryzen 7000 Series
|CPU Name||Ryzen 9 7950X||Ryzen 9 7900X||Ryzen 7 7700X||Ryzen 5 7600X|
|Base Clock Speed||4.5GHz||4.7GHz||4.5GHz||4.7GHz|
|Boost Clock Speed||5.7GHz||5.6GHz||5.4GHz||5.3GHz|
|Cores/Threads||16 Cores/32 Threads||12 Cores/24 Threads||8 Cores/16 Threads||6 Cores/12 Threads|
|Cache Count||80MB [64 L3 + 16 L2]||76MB [64 L3 + 12 L2]||40MB [32 L3 + 8 L2]||38MB [32 L3 + 6 L2]|
|Price||$699 USD||$549 USD||$399 USD||$299 USD|