AMD Ryzen 7000 series processors are here and they are a big step forward for Team Read in the perpetual battle between AMD and Intel that has raged for over a decade.

Announced in August 2022, the initial launch lineup of the Ryzen 7000 series wowed us from top to bottom, and for a brief moment, AMD claimed the title of best processor with its flagship Ryzen 7950X.

However, there were a few pain points, as the cost of upgrading is uncharacteristically high this generation due almost entirely to the move to the new AM5 platform. This requires some new hardware components beyond the CPU, just like Intel had to struggle with when it made the jump from Rocket Lake to Alder Lake in late 2021.

Despite all of that though, AMD's Ryzen 7000 series launch has been impressive so far, and we're expecting big things for the Red Team next year. So what's all the fuss about with these new Zen 4 processors? Is it worth upgrading to the new chips or waiting to see what's coming in 2023? We've got all the details on the best AMD processors, and we're here to tell you everything you need to know about the AMD Ryzen 7000 series and what it means for your next rig.

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AMD Ryzen 7000 series: Getting straight to the point

  • What is it? AMD Next Generation Desktop Processor Series
  • How much will it cost? The Ryzen 5 7600x will cost €299, the Ryzen 7 7700x will cost €399, the Ryzen 9 7900x will cost €549, and the Ryzen 9 7950x will cost €699.
  • When did it come out? Announced at AMD's "together we advance_PC" event on August 29, the chips will go on sale on September 27, 2022.

AMD Ryzen 7000 series: release date

AMD Zen 4 is officially here and you can buy it starting September 27, 2022. (Image credit: AMD)

The Ryzen 7000 series launched on September 27, 2022, with an initial launch lineup of the AMD Ryzen 5 7600X, AMD Ryzen 7 7700X, AMD Ryzen 9 7900X, and AMD Ryzen 9 7950X.

The 3 series X7000D chips, which will use AMD's latest vertical chip stacking technology, were first successfully demonstrated with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D.

We expect some of these chips to be announced in early 2023, and with CES 2023 fast approaching, we may not have to wait too long.

Since all of the Ryzen 7000-series chips we've seen so far have integrated RDNA 2 GPUs, we don't expect to see a dedicated G-series lineup like we did with the last-gen Ryzen 5s.5600G and Ryzen 7 5700G.

What potential underpowered or outlier SKUs we might get in 2023 (like an AMD Chromebook CPU for gaming or something) remains to be seen, but it certainly can't be ruled out as the competition between AMD and Intel is renewed in the new year.

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series: Specifications

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The capless die of the Ryzen 9 7950X. (Image credit: Future)

With the launch of the initial lineup of AMD Ryzen 7000 series processors in September, we have a lot more concrete details about what this generation of processors is becoming. So far, here is the breakdown of the specifications of the available processors:

Slide to scroll horizontallyAMD Ryzen 7000 series launch lineupModelcores/threadsclock (base/boost) cache (l2+l3) tdppreryzen 5 7600×6/124.7GHz/5.3GHz38MB105W 299ryzen 7 7700×8/164.5GHZ/5.4GHZ40MB101.23. GHz105MB4.7W76€Ryzen 170 549X9 / 7950GHz / 16GHz324.5MB5.7W80€

We don't know how things stand with potential Ryzen 7000 series CPUs with 3D V-Cache, but the 5800X3D has 100MB of on-chip cache, making it a beast of a chip for gaming, especially at lower resolutions. where the additional cache can hold even more game assets and instructions than consumer chips.

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series: Performance

AMD AM5 Ryzen 7000

(Image credit: MSI)

The biggest performance improvement between the Zen 3 and Zen 4 chips is the latter's use of the 5nm process. This upgrade will result in a 1,87x improvement in transistor density over the 7nm TSMC process used by the AMD Ryzen 5000 series. But while the density has nearly doubled, it doesn't translate to a doubling of performance. (although that would be nice!) .

The Ryzen 9 7950 has a total of 16 high-performance cores with a base clock of 4,5 GHz and a boost clock of 5,7 GHz. That makes it almost 40% faster base clock compared to cores performance from the Core i9-12900K and a 12% faster boost clock. Compared to the Ryzen 9 5950X, the 7950X's base clock is around 32% faster and the boost clock is around 16% faster.

In terms of benchmark performance, the CineBench R23 multi-core score was 38, an increase of 531% over the Ryzen 52 9X score of 5950. Meanwhile, the GeekBench 25 multi-core score of 347 is an increase. a massive 5% of the 22,167 of the Ryzen 60 13,975X.

The Ryzen 9 7950X also outperforms the Ryzen 9 5950X by around 35% on average in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Handbrake, and Blender benchmarks.

There's no getting around the fact that if you look at raw performance, the Intel Raptor Lake CPUs released in October 2022 are the clear winners, with the Intel Core i9-13900K scoring over 40,000 points in CineBench R23, keeping the price of the chip going. lower than the Ryzen 9 7950X, forcing AMD to lower prices recently.

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