Just a few hours ago, AMD unveiled their next-gen Zen4 CPUs along with more information regarding the upcoming AM5 socket. To recap, the Ryzen 7000 CPUs are based on the Zen4 microarchitecture supported by AMD’s new AM5 platform.
Ryzen 7000 Lineup
Team Red has opted to announce four CPUs from its Ryzen 7000 lineup. This list includes the Ryzen 9 7950X, the Ryzen 9 7900X, the Ryzen 7 7700X, and last but not the least, the Ryzen 5 7600X. We’ll give you the general rundown regarding the specifications and performance levels of these processors. For a more detailed look, check out our Ryzen 7000 coverage, and our Ryzen 9 7950X dedicated article.
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.
Ryzen 9 7950X
The Ryzen 9 7950X is the flagship CPU from the Zen4 lineup. This CPU features 16 cores and 32 threads. You can experience an out-of-the-box base frequency of 4.5GHz where the boost clock goes up to 5.7GHz (F-max of 5.85GHz). The TDP is rated at 170W (230W PPT). As for the cache, the CPU ships with 80MB of L2 (16MB) + L3 (64MB) cache. The Ryzen 9 7950X will cost you less than last-gen’s flagship, coming in at $699.
Ryzen 9 7900X
The lower-end Ryzen 9 7900X is powered by 12 cores and 24 threads. This CPU features a base frequency of 4.7GHz which can be boosted up to 5.6GHz (single-core). The power consumption is rated at 170W (230W PPT). As for the cache department, the CPU ships with slightly less cache at around 76MB (64MB L3 + 12MB L2). Being priced at $549, it is very competitively stacked against Intel’s current (and upcoming) lineup.
Ryzen 7 7700X
Moving on to the Ryzen 7 family, we have the Ryzen 7 7700X. This CPU features a respectable 8 core/16 thread configuration. The base speed is set at 4.5GHz with a max frequency of 5.6GHz for single-core. As for the power consumption, this CPU will have 105W TDP (Max PPT of 142W).
AMD has packed 40MB (32MB L3 + 8MB L2) of combined cache in this chip, striving to deliver the best performance possible, though it is no 3D V-Cache. The official MSRP for the Ryzen 7 7700X is $399, which is 10% less than its Zen3 counterpart.
Ryzen 5 7600X
The budget-friendly Ryzen 5 7600X delivers insanely fast multi-tasking performance with 6 cores and 12 threads. The base clock is at an insanely high 4.7GHz with the CPU being able to boost up to 5.3GHz. Compared to last-gen, the 7600X does consume more power with a 105W TDP (142W PPT), as compared to only 65W on the Ryzen 5 5600X.
We see 38MB (32MB L3 + 6MB L2) of combined cache here, 6MB more than its predecessor. Coming in at $299, expect faster performance in select games than Intel’s Core i9-12900K. You read that right, this CPU can compete with one twice its price in gaming. More on that down below.
AMD in an official manner has termed Zen4 to be a major 13% IPC (Instructions Per Clock) uplift as compared to Zen3. The max frequency is rated at 5.7GHz which reflects the boost clocks of the Ryzen 9 7950X. A massive >29% single core increment can be expected which if taken literally, demolishes Intel’s Alder Lake.
In V-Ray, the Ryzen 9 7950X delivers up to 57% more performance than the top dog from Alder Lake. That’s absolutely astounding.
Moving onto gaming performance, the Ryzen 9 7950X being the monstrosity it is crushes Zen3 and takes gaming to new heights. Expect up to 35% increased FPS. For content creators, it just keeps getting better. In most softwares, increments up to 50% can be seen on using the Ryzen 9 7950X.
The budget R5 7600X in its true colors, obliterates the Intel i9-12900K in gaming. It is fascinating that a mid-low end CPU is on par with Intel’s best offerings. The single core gains really shine in R6S (Rainbow Six Siege) where the 7600X is in a massive 17% lead.
The Ryzen 9 7950X showcasing its efficiency provides 47% more performance per every watt consumed than the Alder Lake king. If your 12900K consumed 147W of power to do a task, the 7950X can do the same task but while consuming just 100W of power.
The New AM5 Platform
The Ryzen 7000 CPUs will require AMD’s new AM5 platform shipping with the X670/B650 motherboards. The platform requires DDR5 memory as support for DDR4 RAM has been phased out. AMD has currently announced 4 chipsets based on this platform namely:
The new platform allows AMD to add support for latest features such as AVX-512 support to all Ryzen 7000 series processors, aside from the iGPUs.
Pin-Friendly LGA Socket
AMD is finally keen on moving towards a new socket design. The old PGA (Pin Grid Array) layout is no longer in use as team red is using the LGA (Land Grid Array) layout with its AM5 platform. This means that you will no longer render your CPU useless after dropping it accidentally.
DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 Support
The new AM5 socket will provide full support for next Gen PCIe 5.0 GPUs and storage solutions. However, some limitations may be imposed as per your chosen chipset. DDR5 overclocking provides 11% faster gaming performance and AMD is launching its own AMD EXPO technology to enable easy memory overclocking, similar to XMP Profiles.
This platform supports DDR5-5200 (JEDEC) memory with up to 28 memory lanes. Similarly, the lanes available for NVMe 4.0 and even USB 3.2‘s I/O lanes have seen a major bump as compared to the last Gen.
Higher Power Delivery
With AM5, CPUs can now receive (not limited to) 230W of power. This enables high performance computing and allows users and gamers to utilize the full potential offered by AMD’s Zen4 architecture.
AMD plans to keep this platform ongoing through 2025 and even longer if things go accordingly. In addition to that, we will see AM5-supported motherboards starting from $125 this year.
We have detailed everything regarding AMD’s new Socket AM5 platform and the motherboards that go along with it in a dedicated article here.
The Ryzen 7000 CPUs along with the X670 and X670E motherboards will officially be available for purchase on the 27th of September. Those who are interested can pre-order these CPUs starting from the 15th of September. For those on a budget, the lower-mid end B650 chipsets will hit the shelves by the 10th of October.
- Pre-orders for Ryzen 7000 CPUs = 15th September, 2022
- Ryzen 7000 CPUs | X670/X670E Motherboards Launch Date = 27th September, 2022
- B650/B650E Motherboards Launch Date = 10th October, 2022
Right before the event came to a close, Dr. Lisa Su pulled a “One More Thing” and showed us a tease of the company’s upcoming RDNA 3 graphics card. Radeon RX 7000 is said to bring massive improvements over its predecessor and we even saw it in action running a game, however it was all a very meticulous tease with more to come at a later date.