AMD has finally launched its Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors today and it’s expected to be available starting from September 27, 2022. While we wait for the actual performance test which will be available at a later date, here’s what you can expect from the new Zen 4 CPUs.

A total of four CPUs have been introduced during the announcement today, the Ryzen 5 7600X, Ryzen 7 7700X, Ryzen 9 7900X and 7950X:

MODEL CORES/

THREADS

TDP

(Watts)

BOOST/BASE FREQ. (GHz) TOTAL CACHE MSRP
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X 16C/32T 170W Up to 5.7 / 4.5 80MB $699
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X 12C/24T 170W Up to 5.6 / 4.7 76MB $549
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X 8C/16T 105W Up to 5.4 / 4.5 40MB $399
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X 6C/12T 105W Up to 5.3 / 4.7 38MB $299

Aside from the 5nm fabrication the Zen 4 PCUs are manufactured with, the most notable difference between the Ryzen 7000  and its predecessor is the support for PCIe 5.0 devices, DDR5 memory, and of course, the new AM5 socket, which is LGA1718 with the same ILM as the one we can see on the latest Intel boards. Since the retention bracket is technically the same as what we have on the AM4 socket, existing CPU coolers from the AM4 socket will be compatible with AM5 according to AMD.

From the official specifications, we can see that the Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors offer an impressive boost clock at 5.0GHz+ across all the introduced SKUs, bringing up to 14% IPC uplift and up to 29% gain in single-core performance over its predecessor. The increase in TDP is pretty significant compared to the Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors, but according to AMD, this allows more headroom for boost across all the cores for better performance.

During the keynote, AMD presented a couple of slides showing that the Ryzen 6 7600X can perform on par or even better than the Intel Core i9-12900K in gaming performance. Although there’s no comparison chart shown for other SKUs during the presentation, we’re really looking forward to seeing just how much better the other SKUs can perform, since the Ryzen 6 7600X is technically the entry-level SKU for the current release.

AMD Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors 6

Motherboards supporting the new Ryzen 7000 series desktop as we know, are the X670E and X670 chipset motherboards from the partners. AMD has introduced two more chipsets this time, the B650E and B650 which offers similar characteristics as the X670 chipsets in terms of the PCIe lanes and PCIe 5.0 support.

AMD also claims that the new chipset motherboards will support DDR5 memory only and is capable of supporting DDR5-6400 out of the box with a much lower latency at about 63ns, which is way lower than the unoptimized 80ns+ we observed on the Intel platform earlier this year.

AMD will have its own version of XMP known as the Extended Profiles for Overclocking, or EXPO for short. While AMD stated that existing DDR5 memory kits with XMP profiles will be supported on the new AMD boards, you’ll still have to refer to the memory QVL list from the partners to ensure that the memory kit is fully compatible with the motherboard.

AMD Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors lineup box

All in all, AMD has done a really good job in keeping up with the momentum they have right now, and with the new Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors soon to be available in the market, users who wanted to experience DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0 can finally choose between Intel and AMD instead of being limited to only one option. The specs and performance are looking great for AMD as of now and we’re really looking forward to giving the Ryzen 7000 series processors a test when it’s finally available.

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