Ryzen 7000 is more than just the latest batch of processors from AMD. The Ryzen 7950X, 7900X, 7700X, and 7600X are AMD’s first Zen 4 chips, first produced at 5nm, the first to have integrated graphics, and the first to usher in the new socket AM5 with PCIe 5 and DDR5 support.
As you’ll see in our Ryzen 9 7950X review, AMD has a lot to be proud of. Peruse the many benchmarks and you’ll see the flagship CPU beat the competition and post big improvements over the last generation Ryzen 5000. The chips on the list also get some eye-catching numbers.
It adds up to an outstanding achievement for the Red Team, albeit one against a backdrop of complicated nuances. These are the 6 essential things you need to know about AMD’s excellent Ryzen 7000 CPUs.
The Ryzen 9 7950X is a multithreaded monster
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Do you have heavy processing and/or coding workloads? The Ryzen 9 7950X is the chip for you. It outperforms the flagship Intel Core i9-12900K in raw performance. In our multi-threaded benchmarks, it won time and time again, with its smallest win coming in at a hefty 37 percent and its largest coming in at a whopping 60 percent. The 7950X also shows its predecessor, with a lead over the 5950X of up to 48 percent.
The weak point of this chip (if you can call it that) is in single core and lightly threaded tasks, and in some specific areas like machine learning and encryption. The battle with Intel is fairly even here, with Team Blue’s flagship chip sometimes winning. Add software optimization, such as Adobe Premiere Pro’s use of QuickSync to boost video editing tasks, and the 12900K can outperform the 7950X in certain workloads. We’ll have to see if the Ryzen 7000’s integrated graphics result in similar support for Team Red and a more level playing field in the future.
But that doesn’t mean the Ryzen 7000 loses out to Alder Lake 12th Gen outside of multithreaded tasks. No. In fact, the least powerful chip at launch, the Ryzen 5 7600X, it can beat 12900K in various games. What ultimately matters is the software and games you use the most.
More power, more energy consumption
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The amazing performance of Ryzen 7000 is due in part to AMD’s increased electricity consumption. The new AM5 socket allows more juice to flow to the processor, and this first batch of compatible chips takes advantage of that.
Therefore, you can anticipate a higher power bill when using one of these chips. The amount depends on how hard you push them in daily use, but looking at TDP gives a general idea of the increase. The Ryzen 9 5950X is rated at 105 watts; the 7950X, 170 watts. That’s the expected power consumption under load, and it can go even higher during a performance boost. The Ryzen 7000 is capped at 230W through its socket, while the Ryzen 5000 is capped at 142W.
Why the change? intelligence It already took this same path before AMD. By changing its approach (and design), AMD neutralizes that potential advantage.
Even better energy efficiency
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When chips start using more power, like the Ryzen 7000 does, the performance squeezed out of each watt becomes important, especially given rising energy costs around the world.
Fortunately, Zen 4 lives up to the company’s claims of increased power efficiency. At least the Ryzen 9 7950X did in multithreaded tasks. Compared to the Intel Core i9-12900K, it does a lot more in the same amount of time or just finishes faster. The 7950X also uses less electricity while doing so.
It doesn’t win as clearly on single core and lightly threaded tasks: there, the 12900K often beats the 7950X for power efficiency in our tests.
But AMD still has another trick up its sleeve, and it’s called Eco Mode. An easy change in AMD’s Ryzen Master software utility allows you to limit the power running to Ryzen 7000 chips. For example, the 7950X and 7900X they can drop from 170 W to 105 W or 65 W. This configuration setting reduces power consumption, with surprisingly minimal impact on single-core, light-threaded performance.
This flexibility means that AMD can have its cake and eat it, too, and so can you. Do you need all the power to encode large files quickly? Or maybe you need to set a lower power limit due to problems with your heating or electricity bill? You are covered.
AM5 is not cheap
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The switch from the long-standing AM4 platform to AM5 is a big change that enables blistering speed across the board, not just for the processor, but for memory, discrete GPUs, and storage, both now and in the future. . AM5 works on PCIe 5, DDR5, USB4, and other cutting-edge features that can push properly equipped PCs to new frontiers of performance.
That upgrade comes at a literal cost, though: expect to pay a premium for an AM5 motherboard if you build a PC at launch. Right now, only the more expensive X670 and X670 Extreme mobos are available, and they require a hefty outlay. Take MSI for example:
You’re looking at it right: a top-of-the-line MSI X670 Extreme motherboard costs $1,299 USD. The cheapest X670 option is $329.
Other components will also hit hard. DDR5 memory isn’t cheap – the Ryzen 7000 sweet spot for RAM speed is twice that of the Ryzen 5000. You’ll currently pay around $230 for 32GB of DDR5-6000 memoryweather 32GB of DDR4-3600 it’s around $115. And when PCIe 5 SSDs arrive in November, they’ll no doubt have extravagant price tags.
To save at least some money, you have to wait until October – the more affordable B650 and B650 Extreme motherboards will launch at that time.
Running at 95C is fine
Check internet forums and you will see post after post worrying about CPUs running above a certain temperature. It’s true that if temperatures get too high, you can see throttled performance (known as thermal throttling). Some people are also afraid of shortening the life of their chip.
But when checking your processor temperature, don’t worry if you see your Ryzen 7000 launch chip is 95 degrees Celsius under heavy load. These four X-class chips can hang out without repercussions, according to AMD. It may be higher than you’re used to seeing, and you may have other reasons why you’d want to lower that temperature, but it’s within spec.
Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake Takes Big Significance
Previous generations of Ryzen had plenty of breathing room to enjoy their dominance. (The 5950X had a full year, for example.)
Not Ryzen 7000. On the same day as its release, Intel officially announced its 13th Gen Core processors. In addition to revealing a flagship 24-core, 32-thread chip and blazing-fast clock speeds (including a 6GHz processor coming early next year), Team Blue claimed up to a 24 percent improvement in performance over the devices. games compared to 12th generation chips. And the new Core i9-13900K will deliver a 15 percent increase in single-threaded and 41 percent multi-threaded performance compared to the Core i9-12900K.
With those numbers, a 13900K is likely to be on par with a 7950X in multi-threaded tasks and beat it by 8 to 10 percent in single-threaded and lightly threaded (aka gaming) tasks.
Intel is also talking about its energy efficiency now, even as its power ratings outperform the Ryzen 7000. At 65 watts, the 13900K will be able to match the 241W turbo mode performance of the 12900K. That is a great statement.
However, how the chips (ahem) drop won’t be clear until the release of Raptor Lake on October 20. Until then, there’s a lot to love about the Ryzen 7000.