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AMD Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” CPUs: Release Date, Pricing and More

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After months of speculation, the time has come: CPU manufacturer AMD has heralded the start of the Ryzen 7000 series with four new processors. In a first presentation on YouTube, the chips known under the code name “Raphael” or “Zen 4” were shown and, in addition to details on price, release and specs, there were also first comparisons with the current generation Intel Alder Lake CPUs.

AMD Ryzen 7000: With AM5 socket, DDR5 and PCIe 5.0

AMD has decided to move on to a new manufacturing process for the Ryzen 7000 series. The 5 nm architecture makes the chips more efficient and energy-saving without having to forego performance. Above all, the single-core boost also benefits from the new production process and can innately achieve higher clocks per each individual core. AMD has also already commented on the release date for the Raphael CPUs: the new CPUs models like 7950X, 7900X, 7700X and 7600X should be available in stores from September 27th.

Also new is the AM5 socket, which is intended for Zen 4 processors exclusively. The partial compatibility between the new socket and the old AM4 socket is also confirmed, meaning that the bracket for CPU coolers of the old generation should also fit AM5 without any problems. It was also confirmed that the new chipsets X670, B650 and their E variants will use PCIe 5.0 as the graphics card interface, as well as DDR5 RAM.

The cheapest motherboards for the AM5 socket should start at $125. The long-term support of the new chipsets is considered secure. AMD promises support until at least 2025 after good experiences with the AM4 generation.


AMD Ryzen 7000: Now with an iGPU based on RDNA2

As the AMD website reveals, the new mainstream CPUs are now also APUs. They each offer the same integrated graphics unit based on RDNA2 (Radeon RX 6000). They are equipped with two graphics cores (64 stream processors) and feature a base clock of 400 MHz and a boost clock of 2,200 MHz.

AMD Ryzen 7950X and 7900X: The new top processors

According to AMD, the upcoming Ryzen 9 7950X, is destined to be a top-class CPU. Featuring a whopping 16 cores and 32 threads, as well as SMT (simultaneous multithreading) support, the new Zen 4 processor should provide plenty of processing power thanks to its high base clock of 4.5 gigahertz. Thanks to the mentioned 5 nm node, a single core should be able to hit frequencies of up to 5.7 GHz via single-core boost.

This means that the Ryzen 9 7950X can outperform Intel’s Core i9-12900K by up to 57 percent in terms of raw performance – at least that’s what the graph used in the AMD’s presentation showed. The Ryzen 9 7950X is said to still be 47 percent more efficient than its Intel counterpart. AMD logically also sees massive advantages over the predecessor Ryzen 9 5950X, although mainly demanding tasks are mentioned here. The new CPU should be able to get up to 35 percent more frame rates in high fidelity games.

In terms of TDP, the Ryzen 9 7950X is according to the manufacturer rated at 170 watts and thus introduces a new segment in the energy consumption for AMD processors. The company specifies the L3 cache at 64 MB. The Ryzen 9 7950X is said to be available for $699, making it even cheaper than the Ryzen 9 5950X at the time.

The Ryzen 9 5900X turned out to be one of the most popular chips of the past generation, and it could boast with very good performance at a comparatively reasonable price. AMD now wants to do something similar with the Ryzen 7 7900X, which is to be launched as a twelve-core processor with a base clock of 4.7 gigahertz. In the single-core boost, this should increase up to 5.6 GHz per single core. The TDP of the Ryzen 7 7900X is also estimated at 170 watts, and the L3 cache is also 64 MB.

AMD commented on the benchmarks with up to 39 percent higher performance per megahertz, which was recorded in various IPC benchmarks (instructions per cycle). The decisive factor for this is the new Zen 4 architecture. However, the small increase in performance in single-core applications should also be mentioned here, which suggests that the performance boost is mainly due to the increased clock rates. The Ryzen 7 7900X is said to be priced at $549.

AMD Ryzen 7700X and 7600X: Faster than Intel’s i9-12900K?

The upper middle class will be joined in the upcoming Zen 4 generation by the Ryzen 7 7700X, which, like the CPU models mentioned so far, can also look forward to increased clock rates with nominally higher efficiency. The new processor should have a base clock of 4.5 GHz, while the single-core boost should be possible up to 5.4 GHz.

In return, the TDP increases slightly compared to the direct predecessor generations and is 105 watts for the Ryzen 7 7700X. The L3 cache, on the other hand, remains identical to the Ryzen 7 5700X at 32 MB – the recommended retail price for the release date on September 27 is also $299.

With the Ryzen 5 7600X, the new Zen 4 generation is rounded off with a six-core processor, which should be of particular interest to PC gamers. At the base clock, the CPU runs at a clock rate of 4.7 GHz and can be increased up to 5.3 GHz via single-core boost. Compared to the Zen 3, a higher TDP is also specified here, which is said to be 105 watts.

As AMD announced, even the Ryzen 5 7600X should be able to outperform the top model from the competing manufacturer Intel in gaming benchmarks, such as the Core i9-12900K. Games should be able to run with up to 17 percent more FPS than Intel – and at a price of $299.

AMD has also already commented on potential CPU versions with 3D V-Cache, which were first observed in March with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and are aimed even more specifically at gamers. The company confirmed that other models are in the works – but which CPUs are specifically meant and when they could appear was not mentioned.

Below you will find all the data at a glance as well as the presentation in the YouTube stream.

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Before he joined ViCadia, Nicholas worked as a journalist for several tech magazines. Over the years he gained a lot of knowledge about computers. His main area of interest are processors, motherboards, and operating systems.
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