AMD announced its Ryzen 7000-series processors on August 29 during the company’s first “live” product announcement since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, finally putting it on par with arch-rival Intel on support. for key technologies.
The new processors, Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 5 7600X, will feature the new Zen 4 architecture, bringing DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 support to AMD processors about a year after Intel did the same with Intel. Alder Lake. As such, this also requires an entirely new motherboard chipset to support the technology, AMD AM5, just as it did with Intel Alder Lake.
The new processors will go on sale on September 27, 2022, with a retail price of $699 (around £599 / AU$999) for the Ryzen 9 7950X, $549 (around £469 / AU$799) for the Ryzen 9 7900X, $399 (around £339 / AU$579) for the Ryzen 7 7700X, and $299 (around £259 / AU$429) for the Ryzen 5 7600X. This means that for the 7900X and 7600X, the price has remained the same as its predecessors. The Ryzen 9 7950X is actually set to be more economical than the MSRP of Ryzen 9 5950X, which is great news for gamers.
There was no Ryzen 7 5700X, but there was a Ryzen 7 5800X and a Ryzen 7 5700G, which have an MSRP of $449 and $359, respectively, so the Ryzen 7 7700X falls roughly between those two in terms of price.
Significant incoming performance gains
|model||cores/wires||Clock (Base/Boost)||Cache (L2 + L3)||TDP||Price|
|Ryzen 5 7600X||6 / 12||4.7GHz/5.3GHz||38MB||105W||$299|
|Ryzen 7 7700X||8 / 16||4.5GHz/5.4GHz||40MB||105W||$399|
|Ryzen 9 7900X||12/24||5.6GHz/4.7GHz||76MB||170W||$549|
|Ryzen 9 7950X||16 / 32||5.7GHz/4.5GHz||80MB||170W||$699|
dr Su also said that the Ryzen 7000 series’ instructions per clock (IPC) have increased by a healthy amount across all workloads, with some of the best performance gains coming from gaming and content creation tasks, while pushing the boost clock. to new heights, especially with their enthusiastic chips.
“I am very excited to say today that as we optimize the product for production, we are now seeing 13% more IPC in desktop applications,” Dr. Su said. “From a frequency standpoint, we’ve increased the frequency at the top of the stack to 5.7 GHz, that’s 800 megahertz more than the Ryzen 5000.”
“And as a result,” Su continued, “Ryzen 7000 single-threaded performance is up to 29% higher compared to Ryzen 5000. These are just huge performance gains, and I’m extremely proud of what the team was able to achieve.” to offer”. “
Probably the most anticipated (and impressive) claim AMD made during the presentation came when comparing the entire AMD Ryzen 7000 launch lineup to the best processor on the consumer market right now, the Intel Core i9-12900K.
According to AMD, the Ryzen 5 7600X it’s about 5% faster on average than the i9-12900K when it comes to 1080p gaming performance, with more powerful chips arguably putting up even better numbers. At least they do in Geekbench 5 single-threaded performance, with the Ryzen 9 7950X clocking in around 2275 against the average i9-12900K score of 2040.
We won’t know for sure until we test these chips for ourselves, but if true, it would definitely be a blow to AMD, and things are looking good for Team Red as Intel prepares to announce its own next-generation processors, Intel Raptor Lake. later this year.
Better energy efficiency and value? yes please
One of the most exciting claims AMD made during its presentation is that thanks to the chips being manufactured on a 5nm node, there have been substantial gains in processor efficiency.
I recently wrote that the performance arms race among chipmakers was ultimately a bad thing, both for consumers and the environment, and I’m very hopeful that AMD has taken my criticism to heart. For one, it drives up the costs of these processors and given the current cost of living crisis in the UK and Europe over the cost of energy and the broader global inflationary environment, the last thing anyone wants to see is prices going up. even more. what they already have.
Fortunately, AMD is keeping prices in check as the price increases go (after all, these chips are still pretty expensive), but it bodes well that prices have held steady or even dropped a bit.
Also, AMD made a big fuss about its power efficiency gains with this generation of processors, mainly due to the 5nm process. AMD claimed that you could get the same performance from a Zen 4 processor for up to about 62% of the power you could get from a Ryzen 5000-series chip, or you could get up to nearly a 50% boost for the same amount of power. power as an existing 5000 series chip.
Having used Ryzen 5000 series chips quite extensively, this is no small feat. You can set your system settings to reduce power consumption and get what is still exceptional performance. Of all the claims AMD made during their presentation, this is the one I most wish was true.
Smart Ray Tracing and more on the horizon?
One of the things that the new Ryzen Zen 4 architecture will do is incorporate the AVX-512 instruction set into its processors. These are essential for advanced compute-based workloads like machine learning and ray tracing.
Following AMD’s launch announcement, I was able to ask David McAfee, AMD’s CVP and GM for Desktop PCs, if including ray tracing acceleration instructions in the processor’s machine code would allow for some of the kinds of synergy between processors between Ryzen CPUs and Radeon GPUs that we see with AMD Smart Access Memory and other optimizations at the board level.
Papermaster wouldn’t say if this is the kind of technology AMD is preparing for the future, which prompted a quick “Can’t comment on that right now” from me, but it’s definitely something AMD could certainly do.
This wouldn’t be a minor tweak to an AMD machine’s ray tracing ability, either, if something like this happened. Radeon GPUs still struggled to keep up with Nvidia in terms of ray tracing at the moment as they are first-generation ray accelerators, but there are high expectations that RDNA 3 ray accelerators will improve considerably.
Have a synergy between a GPU and a full processor running AVX-512 instructions for high-performance computing – the kind of workloads performed by Nvidia’s Tensor Cores, which alone make Nvidia’s RTX cards the best graphics cards for creative content and machine. learning applications: could be a huge advantage for AMD when it comes to their next generation lightning accelerators. It’s also one that Nvidia couldn’t replicate.
While it may be idle speculation on my part, it’s definitely the most interesting “No Comment” I’ve gotten in a long time.