24-core AMD Ryzen 9 7950X spearheads alleged Raphael SKU price leak with Zen 4 preparing for Raptor Lake face-off
Not long ago, a leaker offered some core/thread information about a potential AMD Ryzen 9 7950X (“Raphael R9 SKU”), stating that it would boast of 16 cores and 32 threads while utilizing up to 170 W TDP. However, a Weibo channel for a retailer in China has posted a partially filled table featuring four possible Ryzen 7000 parts along with some specifications and even the prices for China. According to the information, the Ryzen 9 7950X will actually feature 24 cores and 48 threads, and it will cost about 6,501 yuan (~US$961).
In addition, there are three more Zen 4 chips mentioned: the Ryzen 9 7900X, the Ryzen 7 7800X, and the Ryzen 5 7600X. No core or thread counts are offered for these three SKUs, but purported Chinese prices are listed: 4,502 yuan (US$666), 3,403 yuan (US$503), and 2,404.5 yuan (US$356), respectively. For the sake of comparison, the relative Zen 3 Vermeer SKUs were priced at launch time as follows: Ryzen 9 5950X, US$799; Ryzen 9 5900X, US$549; Ryzen 7 5800X, US$449, and Ryzen 5 5600X, US$299.
It has been speculated that AMD could be preparing to send out a beefed-up 24-core Ryzen 9 7950X depending on what Intel produces with its Raptor Lake generation. There are noises that the latter will be even more competitive than Alder Lake, so Team Red needs to make sure its Zen 4 desktop processors can face the greater challenge. Higher +5 GHz clock rates across the board are one indication of this strategy, along with the rumor that IPC increases from Zen 3 to Zen 4 could land as high as 24%.