Everything indicates that Lisa Su’s troops are still about to strike a blow. Intel has been warned!
After a dense teasing campaign and cleverly orchestrated “leaks” last June, AMD has finally officially unveiled its new generation of processors dubbed “Raphael”, which will include the future Ryzen 7000. A good opportunity to take a closer look at these chips which already promise to be monstrous.
As had already been announced a long time ago, these chips will be based on the brand new Zen 4 architecture, the first engraved in 5 nm in this category of CPU. On the menu: new AM5 platform, new LGA 1718 socket, maximum consumption of 230 W, and above all support for DDR5 and the PCIe 5 standard.
4 new processors will be released on September 27
The release date remained for the moment very mysterious; Lisa Su, the CEO of the orange team has put an end to expectations: they will be released on September 27 next. And it will start with four high-end processors, of which here is a condensed technical sheet (the detailed technical sheets are accessible by clicking on the name of the processor).
|CPU||Price||Cores / threads||Frequency (base / turbo)||Hidden||PDT|
|Ryzen5 7600X||$299 (~€297)||6 c | 12 t||4.7 to 5.3 GHz||38MB||105W|
|Ryzen 7 7700X||$399 (~€397)||8 c | 16 t||4.5 to 5.4 GHz||40MB||105W|
|Ryzen 9 7900X||$549 (~€546)||12 c | 24 t||4.7 to 5.6 GHz||76MB||170W|
|Ryzen 9 7950X||$695 (~€696)||16 c | 32 t||4.5 to 5.7 GHz||80MB||170W|
At first glance, it looks like great hardware. There are a number of cores equivalent to the Ryzen 5000 generation, but their overall power is skyrocketing compared to the latter.
A more than significant power gain
Take the behemoth of the band, the Ryzen 9 7950X, for example. With its 4.5 GHz on the clock, its base frequency is already almost at the level of 4.9 GHz that its predecessor, the 5950X, was capable of delivering in turbo mode! And once pushed to its limits, this new version will be able to reach the… 5.7 GHz with 80 MB cache (L2 + L3) ! A staggering figure which quite simply makes it the Most powerful CPU to date, at least in this segment.
Overall, this observation also applies to the other 3 chips presented. All show more than significant performance gains on paper. And according to AMD, this also holds true in practice; the firm claims a overall performance gain of around 13%. It even declares that its Ryzen 5 7600X, the Tom Thumb of this new range, would surpass one of Intel’s titans, namely the overpowering Core i9 12,900 K! A statement that deserves to be recontextualized, but which shows that AMD has some high-end performance.
Always competitive prices
The orange team is also proud of its energy performance. She announces 47% more performance per watt. Note that in absolute terms, these chips will still be much more greedy than those of the previous generation, as evidenced by the average TDP which has skyrocketed (170W for the 7900X!).
The other point that deserves to be underlined is that the price/performance ratios still seem as interesting. All these models are offered at very similar prices, even sometimes lower than those of their predecessors (if we disregard inflation)! Special mention to the 7700X which is already a future reference, with 8 cores capable of running at 5.4 GHz for less than 400 €! It’s obviously still expensive, but the price/power ratio seems phenomenal.
Certainly, AMD will also present lower-end chips. But these probably won’t arrive before 2023. In any case, everything seems to indicate that AMD is about to strike a blow once again, which is starting to become a habit thanks to the momentum instilled by Lisa Su since its arrival in 2014. It only remains to wait for the response from Intel, which will have to rise to the occasion with its new Meteor Lake CPUs expected in 2023.