AMD Ryzen 7000 could hit new performance highs — at a price

AMD Ryzen 7000 is just around the corner, and now we’ve got the rumored specs of the lineup’s first four CPUs, including the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X, and the Ryzen 5 7600X. .

The specs certainly paint a positive picture of the upcoming Zen 4 lineup, with intensely high clock speeds, massive cache sizes, and a performance boost that could reach up to 35%. Unfortunately, there could be disappointment for overclocking enthusiasts, as the CPUs reportedly only allow undervolting.

16C 5.7G 16M+64M
12C 5.6G 12M+64M
8C 5.4G 8M+32M
6C 5.3G 6M+32M

— HXL (@9550pro) August 4, 2022

Multiple sources reported on the alleged specs for the first four AMD Ryzen 7000 processors, including Wccftech citing its own anonymous informants, as well as @9550pro on Twitter. Since the reports are consistent across the board, maybe it’s time to get excited – although, of course, we won’t know for sure until AMD itself drops the big news.

In line with previous predictions, it looks like AMD will launch just four processors initially, with the rest of the lineup to follow at a later date. Wccftech notes that we can expect a boost of up to 10% instructions per cycle (IPC), in addition to a performance increase of about 15% in single-threaded operations and 35% in multi-threaded. AMD is also aggressively targeting performance per watt, promising an increase of up to 25% in that regard. This could certainly be a good idea for AMD, assuming Intel Raptor Lake will consume as much energy as rumored to be.

In addition to core and clock count adjustments, AMD also offers a much larger L2 cache and support for PCIe Gen 5.0 and DDR5 RAM (and DDR5 RAM only). Now let’s take a look at the specs we can expect from the new AMD processors.

Starting with the flagship AMD Ryzen 9 7950X, we don’t see an increase in the number of cores, but the frequencies are now sky-high. The CPU would come with 16 cores and 32 threads, as well as a base clock of 4.5 GHz that can be bumped up to 5.7 GHz. Despite reaching such numbers, power requirements could be worse – Wccftech reports that this model will have a TDP of 170 watts and Packet Current Tracking (PPT) of 230 watts. The cache is huge, with a combined total of 80MB, 64MB of which is the L3 cache.

The Ryzen 9 7900X comes next with slightly poorer specs, but is still worthy of a high-end gaming rig. We get 12 cores and 24 threads, a base clock of 4.7 GHz and a boost clock that is up to 5.6 GHz. The cache size drops to 76 MB, but the TDP remains at 170 watts.

What follows are two mid-range Ryzen processors, the Ryzen 7 7700X and the Ryzen 5 7600X. The former comes with 8 cores and 16 threads, a base frequency of 4.5 GHz with a boost to 5.4 GHz, and a greatly reduced TDP of just 105 watts. The cache has been reduced to 40 MB. There has been no mention of a possible Ryzen 7 7800X yet.

Finally, we have the Ryzen 5 7600X with only six cores and 12 threads. While the core count is modest compared to its more powerful siblings, the clock speeds are still kept high, with a 4.7GHz base and a 5.3 single-core boost clock. The TDP remains at 105 watts, which is a huge increase over its current generation counterpart which sits at 65 watts.

As mentioned above, overclocking enthusiasts may be disappointed with the new range – it seems AMD leaves little to no room for overclocking. This was also the case with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, and while you can still undervolt the CPU, you may not be able to get these clock speeds much higher than they are now.

According to the latest leaks, the new AMD Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” lineup will be released on September 15th after an official announcement on August 29th. Stay tuned – we’ll keep you updated on all the exciting details.

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