AMD announced its new product from the Ryzen 7000 series of consumer desktop processors on August 30, 2022. The Ryzen 7000 is based on the AM5 platform and the new Zen 4 architecture. This new CPU introduces significant performance improvements over the previous generation Ryzen 5000 series and introduces advanced features such as DDR5 and PCIe Gen 5.
“The AMD Ryzen 7000 Series delivers cutting-edge gaming performance, incredible power for content creation, and advanced scalability with the new AMD Socket AM5,” said Saeid Moshkelani, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Client business unit, AMD. “With the next generation Ryzen 7000 Series desktop processors, we are proud to live up to our promise of leadership and continuous innovation, providing the best PC experiences for gamers and creators alike.”
The four CPUs announced are the 7950X, 7900X, 7700X, and 7600X. Similar number of cores and threads to the initial wave of Ryzen 5000 releases but with some price changes.
The top spot among the variants is the Ryzen 9 7950X, a 16-core, 32 thread processor capable of boosting up to 5.7GHz and with a base clock of 4.2GHz. It features 80MB of total cache capacity and has a TDP of 170W. It costs US$ 699, which is US$ 100 cheaper than the launch price of the 5950X.
Next up is the 12-core, 24-thread Ryzen 9 7900X, which has a boost clock of 5.6GHz and a base clock of 4.7GHz. It has a total cache of 76MB and a TDP of 170W. It costs US$549, which is the same as the launch price of the 5900X.
The third variant in the line-up is the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 7700X. It has a boost clock of 5.4GHz and a base clock of 4.5GHz. It has a total cache capacity of 40MB and a TDP of 105W. It costs $399, $50 less than the launch price of the 5800X.
Lastly, the Ryzen 5 7600X. It features 6-cores, 12-threads and has a boost clock of up to 5.3GHz and a base clock of 4.7GHz. It has a total cache capacity of 38MB and a TDP of 105W. It costs US$299, the same as the launch price of the 5600X.
The four processors also include integrated Radeon Graphics with 2 graphics cores, 2200MHz graphics frequency, and 400MHz base frequency.
The new Ryzen 7000 processors are based on AMD’s new AM5 platform. The new platform starts with a new socket design with a 1718 pin LGA socket capable of providing up to 230W of power to the CPU. But despite the new IHS socket and design, the AM5 platform is compatible with CPU coolers designed for AM4.
Speaking of coolers, neither of the aforementioned Ryzen 7000 CPUs will ship with a cooler in the box.
The AM5 platform brings with it two new motherboard chipsets, the X670 and B650, with each also having an Extreme version that offers more connectivity features.
Together with the new platform and chipset, the Ryzen 7000 processor will support DDR5 memory as well as PCI Express 5.0. Unlike Intel, however, AMD will go all-in on DDR5, meaning there will be no DDR4 memory support on the AM5 platform.
The AM5 platform will support the company’s new EXPO technology, which is essentially AMD’s version of Intel’s XMP. It is a one-click overclocking solution for memory and AMD processors will use forward instead of XMP. By default, the Ryzen 7000 CPU supports memory speeds of up to DDR5 5200MHz but higher speeds can be enabled using EXPO.
One of the most impressive aspects of the AM4 platform is its longevity. AMD promises up to 2025+ platform support for AM5, which means you can expect current AM5 motherboards to be supported until at least 2025.
The Ryzen 7000 series processors are based on AMD’s new Zen 4 architecture. Based on TSMC’s latest 5nm process, Zen 4 promises an average IPC increase of 13 percent over the previous-generation Zen 3, with a clock speed of up to 5.7GHz and a total single thread gain of up to 29 percent. AMD also claims up to 1.3x improvement in FP32 nT inference with AVX-512 and up to 2.5x improvement in nT inference with AVX-512 VNNI.
In terms of efficiency, the company promises 62 percent lower power consumption for the same performance and 49 percent higher performance for the same power compared to the Ryzen 5000 series. AMD also claims up to 47 percent higher efficiency compared to Alder Lake. AMD provides additional first-party benchmarks versus the competition, but we’ll just ignore them for now and wait for third-party testing with less data.
Overall, AMD promises some good generational upgrades with the Ryzen 7000 series and the high-end prices seem competitive. The cheapest price in this series starts at US$ 300.
The Ryzen 7000 series CPUs will launch on September 27, 2022. The X670 and X670 Extreme motherboards will be available in September and the B650 and B650 Extreme motherboards in October. PCIe 5.0 drives will be available in November from major manufacturers.