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AMD announces the Ryzen 7000 series

Released on the market towards the end of September.

Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, can say what, when and how much.

Last night, AMD officially revealed the first processors in the Ryzen 7000 series, and we finally got to know when the new platform will hit stores. Yes, AMD CEO Lisa Su can talk about general worldwide availability of On September 27 – That is, in a little less than a month.

Show for half an hour Otherwise without any particular surprises. Processor nomenclature and most of the details surrounding the new AM5 platform have been known for some time – either through rumors or previous revelations.

At the start of sales, interested parties will be able to choose from four desktop processors, anywhere from six to sixteen cores. This is nothing new – AMD used the exact same strategy when they came out with the 5000 series.

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X 16/32 4.5 / 5.7 GHz 80 MB 170 watts 699 USD
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X 12/24 4.7 / 5.6 GHz 76 MB 170 watts 549 USD
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X 8/16 4.5 / 5.4 GHz 40 MB 105 W 399 USD
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X 6/12 4.7 / 5.3 GHz 38 MB 105 W 299 USD
Intel Core i9-12900 K 16/24 3.2 / 5.2 GHz 44 MB 241 watts 6500, –

But when we look at the specs, there’s something to note. We mainly see that AMD has overclocked in the new processors, with turbo speeds of up to 5.7GHz – up to 800MHz compared to the Ryzen 5000 processors.

Energy consumption has also increased. AMD still works with TDP, but now lists 170 watts for the Ryzen 9 and 105 watts models as the lowest.

Other than that, we note that the prices here are lower than during the corresponding launch of the 5000 series – but they should be, as rival Intel is still in a battle for customers.

The reason the new Ryzen 7000 series differs from its predecessors is partly in a newer architecture and partly in the fact that we’re getting an entirely new platform here.

The new architecture is known as “Zen 4”, and the processor cores are built in tandem with a 5nm process – making the 7000 series the first processors in its class.

The new AM5 platform is interesting at least. We bid farewell to AM4, which AMD has used throughout Ryzen’s run so far. This means that even users with “old” motherboards can upgrade to newer processors without additional costs.

But with the demand for new technologies and energy requirements, it is time for a change. Here, AMD is actually far behind Intel, which has already made a similar technical change.

Then we’re basically talking about using faster memory with DDR5, and unlocking more bandwidth internally with PCIe 5.0 – which, among other things, will mean faster SSD storage later this year. According to AMD, the first PCIe 5.0 drive will be in stores sometime in November.

The AM5 gets a brand new socket with 1,718 contact points, while the “pins” are moved to the motherboard. So you use AMD LGA (state network group) that we know from Intel processors.

With the new socket, the platform will also be able to deliver up to 230W to the processor.

AMD also promises that it will use the AM5 platform until at least 2025. If you buy a good AM5 motherboard this fall, there’s a good chance your motherboard will also be compatible with AMD’s next generation processors.

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With new architecture and new technologies, the Ryzen 7000 series is naturally faster than its predecessors, but for now we only have our AMD numbers.

But according to AMD, there is an average fifteen percent increase in performance over the previous generation (i.e. Ryzen 5000) when we look at games. But for demanding applications, the number is much higher – here they work with an average increase of more than forty percent.

Compared to rival Intel, it’s not that easy – at least not when it comes to gaming – but AMD believes that with the Ryzen 7000 series they have a faster and more power-efficient product than Intel’s Alder Lake.

The only problem with this comparison is that Alder Lake is about a year old, but AMD can’t help that a 13th generation Intel Core processor (which goes by the name “Raptor Lake”) isn’t on the market yet.

So while AMD can once again claim to have the world’s fastest gaming processor with the new Ryzen 7000 as of today, we’re not ignoring the fact that this could soon shift again before we write 2023 – when it looks like Raptor Lake will also be launched. Released in the coming months.

Regardless, AMD still isn’t holding back on its plans, which not only tells us they still have an Ace with their 3D V-Cache technology, but they’re on track with both proprietary server chips (Zen 4c) for next year and Zen 5 in year 2024.

For now it remains to be seen what Intel Raptor Lake will do with it.

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