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AMD Ryzen 7000 series of processors unleashed with new Zen 4 architecture, 13% IPC uplift, up to 170 W TDP, and an attractive price tag

AMD's new Ryzen 7000 series of desktop processors have been officially announced (image via AMD)
AMD's new Ryzen 7000 series of desktop processors have been officially announced (image via AMD)
AMD has finally lifted the covers off its Ryzen 7000 lineup, which includes the Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 5 7600X. They outperform Alder Lake's best, the Core i9-12900K in gaming and offer remarkable upgrades over Zen 3. The processors will be purchasable on September 27 starting at U$299.

Although a steady stream of leaks gave peeks into what AMD's Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series of processors would have in store, the official announcement was packed with many surprises. For starters, the entire Zen 4 lineup brings forth an average IPC gain of 13%, a tad higher than what was predicted by earlier leaks. While that figure is a geometric mean calculated across multiple applications, it is quite an achievement, given that Zen 4 is essentially an improved version of Zen 3. 

The top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 9 7950X was quite well hidden from leakers and prying eyes, quite unlike the Intel Core i9-13900K. The proverbial king of the Zen 4 hill is a sixteen-core, thirty-two-thread processor with base/boost clocks of 4.5/5.7 GHz, 80 MB of cache, and 170 W TDP. It offers anywhere between 3% to 45% performance uplift over its predecessor, the Ryzen 9 5950X. It also trashes the Core i9-12900K in the V-ray benchmark with a 57% performance delta. For gaming, the performance difference goes as high as 23%.

AMD Ryzen 7000 series Geekbench scores (image via AMD)
AMD Ryzen 7000 series Geekbench scores (image via AMD)
Zen 4 performance gains vs Zen 3 (image via AMD)
Zen 4 performance gains vs Zen 3 (image via AMD)
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X vs Intel core i9-12900K (image via AMD)
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X vs Intel core i9-12900K (image via AMD)

Next up is the twelve-core, twenty-four-thread AMD Ryzen 7900X which adjusts the base/boost clocks to 4.7/5.6 GHz, 72 MB of cache in total, and a 170 Watt TDP. Similarly, the Ryzen 7 7700X packs eight cores, sixteen threads and 40 MB of cache. It consumes up to 105 Watts of power and has its base/boost clocks set at 5.4/4.5 GHz. Things begin to get interesting with the mid-range AMD Ryzen 6 7600X. The processor made quite a splash with its Userbenchmark debut, and understandably so, considering that it can offer up to a 17% performance uplift over the Intel Core i9-12900K while costing a lot less. 

Furthermore, AMD could also win the efficiency crown this time around, as the Zen 4 lineup is up to 75% more power-efficient than its Zen 3 counterpart. While Raptor Lake is no slouch and can easily trade blows with Zen 4, its power consumption is through the roof as confirmed by multiple leaks. That said, overclockers who want to push their processors to the limit will also have a larger headroom to play with, as the AM5 socket supports up to 230 Watts of socket power delivery. 

AMD Ryzen 7 7600X vs Intel core i9-12900K gaming performance (image via AMD)
AMD Ryzen 7 7600X vs Intel core i9-12900K gaming performance (image via AMD)
Zen 4 vs Zen 3 power comsumption (image via AMD)
Zen 4 vs Zen 3 power comsumption (image via AMD)

Price and availability

The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X will set one back by US$699, the Ryzen 9 7900X by US$549, the Ryzen 7 7700X by US$399 and finally the Ryzen 5 7600X will retail at US$299. All four processors will be purchasable on September 27 via regular online and offline channels. The Ryzen 5 SKU, in particular, has the potential to shake up the mid-range market against the likes of the Core i5-13600K, which, despite its numerous E cores, could flat against Zen 4's power.

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Anil Ganti, 2022-08-30 (Update: 2022-08-31)