As announced at the CES event earlier this year, AMD skipped the sixth generation of desktop chips to directly announce the Ryzen 7000 series.

The new line-up consists of 4 variants – Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 7 7700X, and the Ryzen 5 7600X – all recording superior performance numbers on benchmarks. All these can be run on the new AM5 socket, which supports PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 RAM. Motherboards with these specifications are coming soon.

All Aimed at Gaming Enthusiasts

Mocking Intel, as usual, AMD announced a bunch of new chips – the Ryzen 7000 series aimed at gamers. The line-up is exclusive for desktop users and contains Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 7 7700X, and the Ryzen 5 7600X in it.

AMD said their new chips had outperformed the goals set up previously, where the IPC (instructions per clock) got a boost of 13%, against a target of 8-10%. Compared against the Intel’s high-end Core i9-12900K, AMD says the new Ryzen 9 7950X offers 57% better content creation performance.

Model Cores/Threads Boost / Base Frequency Total Cache PCIe TDP
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X 16C / 32T Up to 5.7 / 4.5GHz 80MB Gen 5 170W
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X 12C / 24T Up to 5.6 / 4.7GHz 76MB Gen 5 170W
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X 8C / 16T Up to 5.4 / 4.5GHz 40MB Gen 5 105W
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X 6C / 12T Up to 5.3 / 4.7GHz 38MB Gen 5 195W

Whereas the lower-end chip – Ryzen 5 7600X, is at least 5% better in gaming performance than Intel’s Core i9-12900K. Giving some gaming samples, AMD said the Ryzen 9 7950X has a 32% boost in DOTA 2, a 35% boost in Shadow of the Tome Raider performance, a 6% increase in Borderlands 3 performance, and a 13% increase in CS: GO performance over its predecessor Ryzen 9 5950X.

Further, the Geekbench 5.4 scores of Ryzen 5 7600X (2,175) and Ryzen 9 7950X (2275) have outperformed Intel’s Core i9-12900K (2,040). All four chips will be based on the AM5 socket, which comes with PCIe 5.0 – good for SSD performance too.

Also, AMD is phasing out the DDR4 RAM for its new line-up, asking users to buy the next-gen DDR5 memory coupled with AM5 boards for running these chips. And it’s fairly reasonable. AMD let over five CPU architectures be run on the AM4 socket for over five years and was supposed to phase out last year – but was delayed by the component shortage.

Ryzen 9 7950X Ryzen 9 7900X Ryzen 7 7700X Ryzen 5 7600X
$699 $549 $399 $299

Asking the community to upgrade, AMD said it’s launching the Expo memory, which is optimized for AM5 boards and can be overclocked. Motherboards based on these specifications will be coming soon from companies like ADATA, Corsair, Kingston, etc.

Aside from this, AMD promised to support the new AM5 socket with PCIe 5.0 storage upto 2025, setting their future proof as one of the USPs. You can see X670, X670 Extreme, B650, and B650 Extreme based on this, which supports AM4 coolers.


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