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Here’s AMD’s new monster CPU: Blowing away everything from Intel

AMD’s new wunder processors are faster and more powerful, but they also consume a lot more power.

American AMD is ready with a brand new litter of processors, which seem to be tuned to occupy the ultimate performance throne on the PC market.

Four new processors are in play in what is now called the Ryzen 7000 family, all of which have in common that they are built around the promising ‘Zen 4’ architecture as well as a new, advanced ‘5nm’ manufacturing technology.

The new processors are accompanied by a new motherboard platform with an AM5 socket, which, among other things, will bring full support for the new DDR5 memory as well as the insanely fast PCI-e 5.0 interface.

Meet the Ryzen 7000 family

AMD’s new CPU portfolio offers between 6 and 16 cores that can address up to two computing threads at once.

The frequencies can spin all the way up to a whopping 5.7 GHz during peak loads.

  • Ryzen 9 7950X: 16 cores, 32 threads, up to 4.5-5.7 GHz, TDP 170-230 watts.
  • Ryzen 9 7900X: 12 cores, 24 threads, up to 4.7-5.6 GHz, TDP 170-230 watts.
  • Ryzen 7 7700X: 8 cores, 16 threads, up to 4.5-5.4 GHz, TDP 105 watts.
  • Ryzen 5 7600X: 6 cores, 12 threads, up to 4.7-5.3 GHz, TDP 105 watts.

Prices debut at US$299 for the 7600X, rise to US$399 for the Ryzen 7 model, and end at US$549 and US$699 for the 12- and 16-core Ryzen 9 models, respectively.

Promises wild performance

What the numbers don’t directly show is how much faster the new CPUs are compared to their predecessors from AMD and Intel’s competitors in the 12th generation Core processors. Of course, according to AMD’s own figures.

Here, the company promises that the new series offers significant improvements compared to Intel’s current top CPU (Core i9 12900K), with 11 percent higher performance in games and up to 44 percent higher performance in productivity programs.

Even the cheapest 7600X should be able to deliver five percent higher performance than Intel’s strongest processor when it comes to gaming.

Compared to the previous generation from AMD, significant progress is also promised. A Ryzen 7950X should be between 6 and 35 percent faster in games, while in rendering programs between 32 and 38 percent higher performance is promised.

Blows the power budget

With the new performance heights, on the other hand, a larger power bill will follow, as the new processor collection will be allowed to swallow significantly more power.

The TDP value, which is a measure of heat dissipation and power consumption, for the top models is here raised to 170 watts, but can reach up to 230 watts for short periods. Here, the predecessor Ryzen 5950X sticks to just drawing 105 watts from the power supply.

This is despite the fact that the new processors are manufactured under a more advanced and, on paper, more power-efficient print technology.

AMD points out here that those figures are peak load figures and that the new processors are in practice far more power efficient than both Intel’s and AMD’s current CPUs.

At lower power consumption, for example 65 watts, the new generation should perform 74 percent higher than the outgoing Ryzen 5000 series, AMD points out.

If you instead measure the amount of power consumed in a specific rendering test, the Ryzen 9 7950X should perform 47 percent higher per watt than Intel’s Core i9 12900K, the company promises.

Autumn’s big battle

If you want to get your hands on AMD’s new processors, you must wait until 27 September and at the same time secure one of the new X670-based motherboards and DDR5 RAM before you can assemble your new PC.

While AMD is ready with a promising autumn collection of processors, Intel is also on the steps with a riposte in the form of 13th generation Core processors dubbed ‘Raptor Lake’.

It may therefore be an idea to wait and see what the competition from Intel will look like, as it is rumored to be launched on 17 October.