AMD has officially announced the Ryzen 7000 processor models, which the company accidentally revealed back in July. It will launch four models on September 27, to be specific, the most affordable of which is the 6-core Ryzen 5 7600X that will set you back $299, followed by the 8-core Ryzen 7700X that costs $100 more at $399. The 12-core Ryzen 9 7900X CPU will retail for $549, while the 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X CPU will cost $699. Ars Technica Note that the 7600X and 7900X models have the same launch prices as their direct predecessors in the Ryzen 5000 lineup, while the 7950X is $100 cheaper. The 7700X costs $100 more than the 5700X, but that model launched more than a year after the first Ryzen 5000 processors came out.
The Ryzen 7000 models are based on AMD’s Zen 4 architecture, which promises to deliver a maximum boost speed of over 5GHz, AI acceleration, and doubled L2 cache. They use the AM5 platform, the chipmaker’s new generation of sockets, and will require DDR5 RAM. They are also the first desktop CPUs based on the 5nm manufacturing process, according to gizmodo, and that means they have more transistors than the 5000 chips. That generally translates to less heat and more power for users.
AMD claims that Ryzen 7000 processors are around 29 percent faster than Ryzen 5000 models for single-threaded tasks, including gaming. Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster said CNETHowever, when the company measured tasks that span the processor’s 16 processing cores, the speed increase was up to 49 percent.
If you’re looking for cheaper Zen 4 CPUs than these four, you’ll have to wait until next year when more affordable laptop options and models arrive. However, the company intends to continue selling processors based on older Zen architectures that run on the AM4 platform, so you still have options if you’re looking to build a PC on a budget.
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