Hop off the Zen4 bandwagon and onto the Ryzen 7000 series, where AMD has just launched its flagship processor, the Ryzen 9 7950X. While the introduction is still happening, let’s go over the beast’s specifications, including its performance metrics and availability, live from the event.
Although AMD did not mention it at their event, all Ryzen 7000 series processors will include built-in graphics. This is due to the fact that the quality of these embedded graphics will be quite low. The business has instead integrated them into the Zen4 CPUs to provide display capabilities in the event of troubleshooting or when no discrete graphics processing unit is available.
This Is the Mothership that Will Rule Them All
It uses TSMC’s cutting-edge 5nm technology to create its 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 9 7950X configuration. For starters, we’re witnessing AMD explore uncharted ground in terms of clock speeds. This processor has a base rate of 4.9GHz and can turbo up to a ridiculous 5.7GHz. This chip’s “F-max” frequency can actually go up to 5.85GHz, so that’s not even the limit.
That’s 200MHz faster than even Intel’s top-of-the-line i9-12900KS CPU, making it the fastest chip ever made by the company. The Ryzen 9 7950X requires only 170W TDP to perform at such high levels. The PPT (Package Power Tracking) can reach up to 230W, the absolute maximum that can be provided to the (AM5) socket, allowing for even greater overclocked performance under demanding workloads.
AMD, which is well-known for dramatically increasing its cache from generation to generation, spared no effort in developing its Zen4 processor. There are a total of 80 MB of cache on the 7950X, split between 64 MB of L3 and 16 MB of L2 memory. Each core has its own 1MB of L2 cache, for a total of 32MB of cache per CCD (core complex die).
The 7950 X Has Two Cc Ds and Sixteen Cores, Which Is How We Arrive at the 80
You can tell right off the bat that this chip means business. The 7950X is up to 57% faster than Intel’s Core i9-12900K in multi-threaded benchmarks such as Chaos V-Ray. This is achieved with drastically reduced energy use and increased efficiency by 47%.
Ryzen 9 7950X is up to 35% faster at gaming than its predecessor, the Ryzen 9 5950X. The lack of comparisons to Intel chips for gaming could indicate that AMD is not confident in the claims they are making about the performance boosts. These are certainly not chump changes, though.
The Cost and Availability
The price tag for a Ryzen 9 7950X will be $699. For the same price as the Ryzen 9 5950X, you can get significantly more processing power and, since we’re using the new AM5 Socket, a possibly smoother upgrade path.
In addition, the 7950X includes all of the enhancements found in Ryzen 7000, including a 13% increase in IPC, a 29% increase in single-core performance, AVX-512 compatibility, and next-gen I/O features including PCIe Gen5 and DDR5 memory.
Ryzen 7000 central processing units, including the Ryzen 9 7950X, will be available for purchase on September 27; pre-orders will begin on September 15. Launching alongside Ryzen 7000 series processors are the X670 and X670E motherboards. On October 10th, shoppers will be able to purchase B650/B650E motherboards, which are a lower-mid range option.
On September 15th, 2022, Ryzen 7000 Central Processing Units Will Be Released
Launch Date for X670/X670E Motherboards = September 27, 2022 Launch Date for B650/B650E Motherboards = October 10, 2022
At the presentation, AMD also revealed the Ryzen 7000 Series, which includes the more affordable Ryzen 5 7600X for $399. All of that is covered on this site. As more information becomes available, we will update this article.