AMD has had quite a journey over the past several years since the initial release of their Ryzen processors in 2017.
From what we’ve seen, it seems that AMD will not stop breaking the barriers and will continue innovating, especially after Intel’s Alder Lake release. The only way for AMD to stay competitive against Intel’s 13th-gen Raptor Lake is with Ryzen 7000 Series.
Let’s see what these new CPUs bring.
- March 17, 2023: Quick pricing update and added new benchmarks for the Ryzen 9 7945HX.
- March 11, 2023: Small update on the pricing segment.
- March 02, 2023: Added Ryzen 9 7900X3D benchmarks.
- February 27, 2023: Added 7950X3D benchmarks and simulated Ryzen 7 7800X3D benchmarks.
- February 23, 2023: Added release date for the upcoming Ryzen 7000X3D CPUs reviews and new benchmarks for Ryzen laptop CPUs.
- February 16, 2023: Updated benchmark with i7-13700K and added data on how Ryzen is affected by RAM speeds.
- February 7, 2023: Added performance information regarding new Ryzen 7000 laptop CPUs.
- February 2, 2023: Added official release date and pricing of Ryzen 7000X3D Series.
- February 1, 2023: Minor changes and mentioned potential discounts on Ryzen 7000X CPUs.
- January 12, 2023: Added 7000X3D gaming benchmarks and AMD’s new mobile CPUs announcement.
- January 10, 2023: Added Ryzen 7000 non-X benchmarks, specifications, pricing and more.
- December 19, 2022: Updated Ryzen 7000 non-X specifications.
- December 15, 2022: Added Ryzen 7000X3D specifications, release date, prices and more.
- December 9, 2022: Added Ryzen 7000 non-X specifications.
- December 6, 2022: Added Ryzen 7000 non-X CPUs release date and pricing.
- November 30, 2022: Added news on Ryzen 7000X3D.
- November 23, 2022: Added new prices for Ryzen 7000 series and price leaks for Ryzen 7000 non-X CPUs.
- November 10, 2022: Added Ryzen 7 7700 and Ryzen 5 7600 leaks.
- November 9, 2022: Added news on Zen 4 sales, potential new pricing and possible Windows 11 performance bottleneck.
- October 29, 2022: Added release date and price rumors about Ryzen 7000X3D.
- October 6, 2022: Included memory performance, power consumption, information on ECO Mode, and Ryzen 7000 optimal temperature.
- September 30, 2022: Added additional benchmarks for Ryzen 7 7700X.
- September 29, 2022: Added official/third-party benchmarks for all Ryzen 7000 CPUs.
- September 18, 2022: Added new leaks about Zen 4 and Zen 4 3D V-Cache.
- August 31, 2022: Added new and official information on Ryzen 7000 series based on AMD’s August 29th event.
- August 24, 2022: Added new specifications, performance leaks for the 7700X, and price leaks for the entire Zen 4 lineup.
- August 17, 2022: Added news on AMD’s announcement event.
- August 16, 2022: Removed outdated information and added news on pricing.
- August 6, 2022: Added new release date information, updated specifications and added new benchmark.
- July 18, 2022: Added benchmark leaks for Ryzen 7600X and release date info on Ryzen 7000 with 3D V-Cache.
- July 12, 2022: Added Zen 4 EPYC CPUs image leaks.
- June 28, 2022: Added more information, tables and images for Ryzen 7000 mobile CPUs.
- June 20, 2022: Added segment for Ryzen 7000 mobile CPUs.
- June 18, 2022: Added new release date leak.
- June 14, 2022: Revamped entire article, added more specifications, information on AM5, DDR5, USB 4.0, PCIE 5.0 and a lot more.
- May 24, 2022: Added released date, boost clock, and more information from Computex 2022.
- May 19, 2022: Added new specification leaks.
- May 12, 2022: Added new release date rumors and a new segment for RDNA 3 in the Phoenix APUs.
- April 28, 2022: Added information on DDR5 support.
- April 21, 2022: Added more release date information.
- April 18, 2022: Added benchmarks for the 5800X3D and more information about 3D V-Cache.
- April 8, 2022: Added power draw leaks for Zen 4 SKUs.
- April 1, 2022: Added release date rumors.
- March 24, 2022: Added AMD’s official announcement for the new Zen 3 SKUs.
- March 15, 2022: Added leaks on new Zen 3 SKUs and new release date assumptions.
- February 28, 2022: Added another segment for possible RDNA 2 iGPU and reformed article.
- February 21, 2022: Added another possible Ryzen 7000 release date.
- January 14, 2022: Initial publishing of article.
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The Ryzen 7000 CPUs were released on September 27, 2022.
In this September release, AMD released the following processors: Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X, and Ryzen 5 7600X.
AMD expanded its lineup further with cheaper and lower TDP non-X Ryzen 7000 CPUs in January 2023.
But that’s not all!
AMD also offers the Ryzen 7000 Series with X3D cache i.e. practically the same CPUs with more cache.
The Ryzen 9 7900X3D and Ryzen 9 7950X3D will release on February 28, 2023, while the cheaper X3D CPU, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D will release on April 6, 2023.
We suggest waiting for the Ryzen 7 since all three CPUs will probably perform similarly in gaming.
For motherboards, you can pick from the higher-end X670 and X670E (Extreme), or you could go for the cheaper options like the B650 and B650E.
If you’re looking for mobile CPUs, the first Zen 4 laptops will launch in February of 2023.
Expect the Ryzen 7040 Series in ultrathin laptops and Ryzen 7045 Series in gaming laptops.
Note that these new processors will be on a new platform with DDR5 RAM. So, if you want to stay on AM4 for now, check out Ryzen 7 5700X, Ryzen 5 5600 (non-X), Ryzen 5 5500, and Ryzen 5800X3D.
Here are the latest official prices for Ryzen 7000X CPUs.
- Ryzen 5 7600X – $249 (original price – $299)
- Ryzen 7 7700X – $349 (original price – $399)
- Ryzen 9 7900X – $474 (original price – $549)
- Ryzen 9 7950X – $574 (original price – $699)
It’s worth noting that Ryzen 7000X CPUs often get significant discounts, so make sure to keep an eye on these processors for a good deal!
Price for Ryzen 7000 non-X variants:
- Ryzen 5 7600 – $229
- Ryzen 7 7700 – $329
- Ryzen 9 7900 – $429
The non-X Ryzen 7000 processors also come with a box cooler. That’s something to keep in mind if you are on a budget.
Prices for Ryzen 7000X3D Series:
- Ryzen 7 7800X3D – $449
- Ryzen 9 7900X3D – $599
- Ryzen 9 7950X3D – $699
So, be on the lookout for these X3D Ryzens since they will probably offer some of the best gaming performance, outperforming all of Intel’s CPUs.
It’s also important to note that budget AM5 motherboards are scarce, often costing above $150. Although, cheaper alternatives have started to appear like ASROCK’s B650M-HDV/M.2.
Furthermore, AMD has started releasing various motherboard + CPU bundles, which makes Ryzen builds a lot cheaper. Although this event might be temporary.
Let’s jump into the specifications and performance of these CPUs!
With Intel’s Raptor Lake in full swing, AMD is keeping up with Zen 4.
AMD achieved considerable increases in clock speeds on all SKUs (more on that later) by moving from a 7nm process node to a 5nm node and increased TDP too.
The Ryzen 7000 series has a huge clock speed advantage over the last-gen, with the Ryzen 9 7950X reaching 5.7 GHz (the highest of the bunch), while the lowest is 5.1 GHz on the Ryzen 5 7600.
All Ryzen 7000 series also have 13% IPC Uplift and 29% better single-thread performance than Ryzen 5000 CPUs.
Additionally, all of these Zen 4 CPUs come with an RDNA 2 iGPU, which is a nice addition considering previous generations didn’t have one.
Efficiency is another huge advantage for Zen 4, even though the SKUs are running at higher TDP than the Ryzen 5000 Series.
AMD also introduced AI + HPC acceleration to improve its support for AVX-512 instructions.
Here is a table of specifications for the Ryzen 7000 Series:
|SKU||Cores||Threads||Base Clock||Boost Clock||TDP||L2 Cache||L3 Cache|
|Ryzen 7950X||16||32||4.5 GHz||5.7 GHz||170W||16MB||64MB|
|Ryzen 7900X||12||24||4.7 GHz||5.6 GHz||170W||12MB||64MB|
|Ryzen 7900||12||24||3.7 GHz||5.4 GHz||65W||12MB||64MB|
|Ryzen 7700X||8||16||4.5 GHz||5.4 GHz||105W||8MB||32MB|
|Ryzen 7700||8||16||3.8 GHz||5.3 GHz||65W||8MB||32MB|
|Ryzen 7600X||6||12||4.7 GHz||5.3 GHz||105W||6MB||32MB|
|Ryzen 7600||6||12||3.8 GHz||5.1 GHz||65W||6MB||32MB|
The Ryzen 9 7900, Ryzen 7 7700, and Ryzen 5 7600 are all 65W TDP CPUs, with lowered base and boost clocks speeds. However, they are overclockable and are paired with a cooler.
The Ryzen 9 and 7 have a Wraith Prism cooler, while the Ryzen 5 has a Wraith Stealth.
3D V-Cache Ryzen
Upon release, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D quickly proved the worth of 3D V-Cache technology by delivering insanely high performance in games.
So, naturally, AMD added that same technology to the Ryzen 7000 series, here are the specifications:
|SKU||Cores||Threads||Base Clock||Boost Clock||TDP||L2 Cache||L3 Cache|
|Ryzen 7950X3D||16||32||4.2 GHz||5.7 GHz||120W||16MB||128MB|
|Ryzen 7900X3D||12||24||4.4 GHz||5.6 GHz||120W||12MB||132MB|
|Ryzen 7800X3D||8||16||4.2 GHz||5.0 GHz||120W||8MB||96MB|
The most apparent difference between the X3D and “regular” Ryzens is the increase in L3 cache size and reduced clock speeds.
For example, the Ryzen 7800X3D has triple the cache size (104MB) compared to the Ryzen 7700X (40MB).
Ryzen 7000X3D Performance
All that extra cache on the CPU lowers clock speeds, but it improves gaming performance.
Here’s how X3D CPUs fare in games:
Ryzen 9 7950X3D
The 7950X3D is AMD’s top-of-the-line $699 gaming CPU.
Hardware Unboxed’s testing shows that the extra cache on the Ryzen 9 7950X3D is what makes this the current fastest gaming CPU surpassing even the hungry Intel Core i9-13900KS.
You’ll notice the simulated Ryzen 7 7800X3D on top of the chart, but we’ll talk more about that below.
But, it’s worth noting that the difference in FPS between these CPUs is very small, almost negligible. The new Ryzen 9 is less than 1% faster than Intel’s flagship i9.
However, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D has a huge advantage in efficiency. Total system power consumption is half of the system with the i9-13900K.
Of course, the X3D Ryzen is clocked lower so it performs slightly worse in multi-core workloads, but it is still quite fast.
Considering the Ryzen 9 7950X3D draws considerably less power, the small los in performance is worth it.
Ryzen 9 7900X3D
The Ryzen 9 7900X3D is not much different than the 7950X3D. The difference is that it has 4 cores less, but it is also $100 cheaper.
And even though it has 12 cores rather than 16 cores, its performance is almost identical to AMD’s 3D V-cache flagship.
In Cyberpunk 2077, the 7950X3D is about 4.7% faster than the 7900X3D and in Far Cry 6, the difference between the two CPUs is only about 2%.
So, specifically for gaming, the Ryzen 9 7900X3D is a much more sensible choices considering its price.
But, to get the best value of the 3D V-cache technology, check out the CPU below!
Ryzen 7 7800X3D
The Ryzen 7 7800X3D will release in April 2023, so no benchmarks for it with this round of reviews, however, Hardware Unboxed did create a simulation of its performance.
They did this by disabling the second CCD of the Ryzen 9 7950X3D (chiplet with 8 cores without 3D V-Cache) and then testing it in games.
So, if this “fake” Ryzen 7 7800X3D is anything to go by, it seems that it will be the fastest gaming CPU in the world once it releases and offers much better value than any i9 or Ryzen 9.
Ryzen 7000 Performance
With the Ryzen 7000 series officially on shelves and the review embargo lifted, we finally have third-party benchmarks from various sources to share with you.
First, let’s have a look at the flagship, the Ryzen 9 7950X!
Ryzen 9 7950X
First, let’s start with the Ryzen 9 7950X‘s strongest point, the multi-core performance. For this CPU, we went with Hardware Unboxed’s benchmarks for the best performance representation.
The Ryzen 9 7950X is about 40% faster than the Intel Core i9-12900K in Cinbench R23 (multi-core test). Those are some very impressive gains, considering that this flagship Ryzen still has the same core count as its predecessor.
And, when compared to its predecessor, it’s about 50% better at this benchmark than the 5950X. We rarely see these kinds of generational gains.
Let’s look at some other benchmarks:
In Adobe Photoshop 2022, Adobe Premiere Pro 2022, and Blender, the Ryzen 9 7950X consistently outperforms the flagship Intel Core i9-12900K. We even see the 7600X creeping up to the i9, but more on that later.
That’s not all, though; what about gaming?
Here are several game benchmarks, but we won’t focus on any particular one; instead, we’ll look at the average.
Although it’s important to note that Intel was frequently number one when it came to CS:GO, but Ryzen 7000 wins them out by a huge margin this time around.
In a 12-game average, the difference between the Intel Core i9-12900K and Ryzen 9 7950X is within the margin of error, meaning they practically perform identically.
However, all of this performance came at a cost!
Power usage has spiked across the entire Ryzen 7000 lineup.
The Ryzen 9 7950X draws around 60% more power than its predecessor and almost as much as the i9-12900K.
NOTE: Some users are reporting that Windows 11 might be affecting the performance of Ryzen CPUs. Although, AMD addressed this issue and have not found any evidence pointing toward a Windows bottleneck.
Ryzen 9 7900X
The Ryzen 9 7900X is the best pick for gaming and productivity performance at the same time while also being a bit cheaper than the Ryzen flagship.
Expect productivity gains similar to the benchmark images above. For example, in this Gamers Nexus Blender chart below, the 7900X trumps the i9-12900K while staying behind the 7950X.
Gaming doesn’t disappoint either, and it’s probably a much better choice (compared to the 7950X) because of its price tag.
Even though the Ryzen 5 7600X and i9-12900K are crazy fast, the Ryzen 9 7900X is still about 10% faster than both of those CPUs.
Of course, this SKU is also a lot more power-hungry (about 20% more) than its predecessor, pulling around 200W. This CPU also runs hot, around 90 degrees Celsius.
Here’s Gamers Nexus’ review if you interested in more data:
Ryzen 9 7900
The Ryzen 9 7900 is practically the Ryzen 9 7900X while running at a lower TDP.
In games, the performance difference between the two CPUs is less than 5%.
So, even after the severe price cut on the X CPUs, the Ryzen 9 7900 is a cheaper and more power-efficient option.
As we can see from Gamers Nexus’ testing, the R9 7900 draws as much power as a Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 7600. When PBO is enabled, the power draw and jumps back to Ryzen 9 7900X levels.
So if you really want that 5% of performance back, you can always enable PBO to match the Ryzen 9 7900X.
Ryzen 7 7700X
The Ryzen 7 7700X is the middle-ground if you are looking for the best gaming performance, but some power for productivity tasks too.
It will be slower than a 12-core Ryzen 9 7900X and faster than Ryzen 5 7600X in productivity.
In terms of gaming however, it may be the fastest out of the (Zen 4) bunch. In fact, it might be the fastest gaming CPU overall, surpassing the 5800X3D and i9-12900K. We’ll see if it will hold its ground against the i9-13900K.
Let’s look at some benchmarks. First up, gaming!
Getting right to the point, on this Hardware Unboxed benchmark, the Ryzen 7 7700X ends up on top of the chart.
However, it narrowly beats the 7950X and Intel’s flagship i9 by 2-3%, so it isn’t exactly a clear win.
Here are some charts of popular games, including Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
In productivity tasks, the Ryzen 7 7700X isn’t as amazing since it has just 8 cores compared to the 12 cores on the i7-12700K.
In this Cinebench R23 benchmark which gives us a rough estimate of its productivity-related performance, the 8-core Ryzen is about 13% slower than the i7-12700K and about 45% slower than the i7-13700K.
So, if you are looking to utilize multi-core applications, we suggest going with Intel’s 12-core CPU. Although, for video and photo editing on Adobe Premiere, Photoshop and After Effects, the Ryzen 7 7700X is considerably faster.
Furthermore, if you want a Ryzen 7000 CPU in your PC, consider getting faster RAM with tighter timings because Hardware Unboxed’s testing shows that slow RAM can substantially influence in-game performance.
Ryzen 7 7700
The Ryzen 7 7700 is the mid-range Ryzen that people should buy because it is cheaper and has a lower TDP while offering similar performance to the Ryzen 7 7700X.
In this F1 22 benchmark, the R7 7700 is only a couple of FPS slower than the 7700X, while drawing 40% less power.
Ryzen 5 7600X / Ryzen 5 7600
The Ryzen 5 7600X is one of the better value CPUs since it has performance comparable to an i7-13700K.
However, the Ryzen 5 7600 is simply better in every aspect. It’s $70 cheaper ($229), it’s insignificantly slower than the R5 7600X and it has a lower power draw.
Looking at this benchmarks from Hardware Unboxed, this $229 CPU is only 10% slower than the $589 Intel flagship!
Power Consumption/ECO Mode/Temperatures
The Ryzen 5 7600X and the rest of the Ryzen 7000 lineup have a temperature target of95 degrees Celsius.
However, this is not a bad thing. In fact, the CPUs will target this temperature to reach their best clock speeds, no matter the cooling.
Here’s an example:
The Ryzen 5 7600X operates at a 5% performance difference when swapping between a 360mm AIO and the box cooler, Wraith Spire.
AMD has specified numerous times that this kind of temperature will not have any kind of impact on the CPU.
Furthermore, you can enable “ECO Mode,” which cuts down the power consumption of the 7600X to 65W without any significant loss in performance.
Moving To The AM5 Platform
After supporting the AM4 platform for around 5+ years, AMD moved to the brand new AM5 platform with a new LGA1718 socket. So, they’re switching from a PGA to an LGA socket.
Unlike Intel, AMD will support AM5 for years to come (2025+), which is a huge plug, considering that the AM4 platform also had a long lifespan (from Ryzen 1000 to Ryzen 5000).
The biggest and most important change with AM5 is the support for DDR5 memory.
DDR4 paved the road for faster memory with very low latency, but it’s time to slowly retire it now and switch to DDR5 because it opens up the potential for faster clock rates, reduced power consumption, and latency.
Out of the box, Ryzen 7000 processors will support DDR5 memory at 5200MHz, and as DDR5 evolves, so will AM5’s support.
Note that Intel’s Raptor Lake CPUs also support DDR4 memory, which opens up the option for a cheaper build.
However, slower and cheaper RAM kits won’t hinder you too much. A 5200 MHz @ CL38 DDR5 kit is only about 7% slower than a high-end 6000 MHz. And that’s with an RTX 3090 Ti.
To further improve performance, AMD introduced EXPO Technology.
EXPO Technology is a type of one-click overclocking feature similar to Intel’s XMP technology. So, RAM manufacturers can now offer DDR5 RAM built-in with EXPO profiles that favor Ryzen processors.
PCIe 5.0, USB 4.0, And More
PCIe 5.0 and USB 4.0 are also new additions to the AM5 family.
PCIe 5.0 is supported on all variations of AM5 motherboards. So, whether you get an X670 Extreme, X670, or a B650, you’ll have support PCIe 5.0.
However, B650 boards have PCIe 5.0 only for storage, while X670 boards have 5.0 for the graphics lanes too. The Extreme variant of the X670 gets PCIe 5.0 in all ports.
This opens up the possibility for up to 14 20Gbit USB 3.x ports. In comparison, Intel’s Alder Lake platform can run only 4 of them at 20Gbit.
Ryzen 7000 Mobile
While most of the focus went toward desktop Ryzen 7000 processors, AMD’s next-gen mobile processors are also close to releasing.
During the CES 2023 event, AMD showcased some Dragon Range (5nm process node and Phoenix (4nm process node) CPUs. Dragon Range is the Ryzen 7045 Series, while Phoenix is the Ryzen 7040 Series.
Here is AMD’s slide showcasing all future Ryzen 7000 CPUs.
As we can see, Ryzen 7045 Series will be for “Extreme Gaming” and “Creator” laptops featuring up to 16 cores/32 threads, RDNA 2 GPU, 55W+ TDP, and 80MB of total cache.
Ryzen 7040 Series, on the other hand, will be for “Elite Ultrathin” laptops like the XPS, Spectre X360, ThinkPad X1, and others. CPUs from this feature will have only up to 8 cores/16 threads and 20MB of total cache.
However, these CPUs will have RDNA 3 GPUs, which did seem pretty fast in AMD’s showcase. Also, certain models will have the newly advertised AI Engine.
The Ryzen 7945HX will also be significantly faster than AMD’s previous flagship, the Ryzen 9 6900HX. In League of Legends, AMD boats a 62% FPS increase and a 29% increase in Far Cry 6.
Here is the current lineup of Ryzen 7045 Series:
Here is the lineup of Ryzen 7040 Series:
Recently, a Ryzen 9 7845HX CPUMark benchmark was spotted, which put AMD on the top of the laptop CPUs chart. However, it was almost immediately dethroned after intel released their i9 CPU.s
But, benchmarks of the upcoming R9 7945HX show that AMD is competing against Intel’s high-end and power-hungry laptop CPUs.
Still, the new Ryzen 9 is about 90% faster than AMD’s previous laptop flagship, the Ryzen 9 6900HX. That is a ridiculously high increase in performance over just one generation.
The R9 7845HX is also about 30% faster than Intel’s laptop flagship, i9-12900HX.
In an X265 encoding benchmark, the Ryzen 9 7945HX makes an even bigger dent on the Intel Core i9-13980HX.
At various power limits, the Ryzen 9 simply always ends up faster. Even when the i9-13980HX is pushing up to 130W, AMD’s mobile flagship is about 40% faster running with a 115W power limit.
This chart also shows just how power-efficient Ryzen 7000 really is. At 65W, the R9 is about 48% faster than Intel’s Core i9.