AMD Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 CPUs offer stiff competition to Intel’s line of processors

by Shumail Ali

At CES 2022 and Computex 2022, Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs with the Zen 4 core architecture were officially announced. We’ll discuss what to anticipate in terms of features, pricing, and performance from the upcoming product selection.

AMD Ryzen 7000 ‘Zen 4’ Desktop CPUs, First 5nm Consumer CPUs for AM5

Intel isn’t taking this lying down, though. With its 12th Gen Alder Lake lineup, Intel has regained AMD’s performance, value, and efficiency crowns. AMD has announced that they are coming up with Ryzen 7000 5nm based CPUs. Ryzen is AMD’s most successful CPU, and the new 7000 series is set to continue that trend.

The new CPUs will be based on a 5nm manufacturing process, making them smaller and more efficient than their predecessors. This move shows that AMD is not silent and is actively working to stay ahead of the competition.

AMD Ryzen Zen 4 Desktop CPU Expected Features:

  • Up To 16 Zen 4 Cores and 32 Threads
  • Over 15% Performance Uplift In Single-Threaded Apps
  • Brand New Zen 4 CPU Cores (IPC / Architectural Improvements)
  • Brand New TSMC 5nm process node with 6nm IOD
  • 25% Performance Per Watt Improvement Vs Zen 3
  • >35% Overall Performance Improvement Vs Zen 3
  • 8-10% Instructions Per Clock (IPC) Improvement Vs Zen 3
  • Support on AM5 Platform With LGA1718 Socket
  • New X670E, X670, B650E, B650 Motherboards
  • Dual-Channel DDR5 Memory Support
  • Up To DDR5-5600 Native (JEDEC) Speeds
  • 28 PCIe Lanes (CPU Exclusive)
  • 105-120W TDPs (Upper Bound Range ~170W)

AMD Ryzen 7000 (Zen 4) Release Date

MSI announced on Weibo that the AMD Ryzen 7000 series processors (codenamed Zen 4) and the AM5 platform would be released on September 15th. MSI has disclosed the debut date of AMD’s next-generation graphics chip, which is only one month away.

AMD AM5: A Platform for a New Generation of PC Gamers

Ryzen CPUs have been a staple in the PC gaming community for a few years now. With the anticipation of their newest line of CPUs, the AMD Ryzen 7000 series, many people are wondering what will happen to their older models. The AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs will be migrating to a new home known as AM5, the successor to the long-lasting AM4 platform. This means that your older CPU will not be compatible with your motherboard.

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AM5 features the new LGA 1718 socket. AMD has abandoned PGA (Pin Grid Array) in favor of LGA (Land Grid Array), identical to Intel’s desktop processors. The reason to choose LGA is the AM5 platform’s next-gen features like PCIe Gen 5, DDR5, etc. No more worrying about CPU pins with this single-latch socket.

The AM5 platform will support AMD’s Ryzen 7000 ‘Zen 4’ Desktop CPUs and later Ryzen CPUs and APUs. The platform supports DDR5-5200 (JEDEC) memory, 28 PCIe lanes (Gen 5 standard), NVMe 4.0 I/O lanes, and native USB 4.0.

Expansion of DDR5 RAM OC is possible on the new platform thanks to EXPO (AMD Extended Profiles for Overclocking). Despite the difficulties, AM4 has worked out a way to get a great DDR4 OC out. On AM4 platforms, we should expect DDR5 to perform better overclocking and compatibility than DDR4. In contrast to Intel’s current platform, which supports DDR4, the new platform may only support DDR5. Most high-end customers, who AMD plans to target initially, won’t mind the higher cost of DDR5 memory.

AMD X670 and B650 Series Platform

Board manufacturers are working on AMD 600-series motherboards that are AM5 compatible. The X670E, X670, B650E, and B650 will be part of the 600-series portfolio. Overclocking and PCIe 5.0 compatibility for both GPU and storage are included in the X670E (Extreme).

B650E & B650 chipsets are common motherboard solutions, with the Extreme series including PCIe Gen 5.0 and M.2 whereas non-E boards will just have PCIe 5.0 slots.

The B650 motherboards will replace the B550 and cost around the same. B650 will have a single PCH, unlike X670/E. The motherboards will support Ryzen 7000 ‘Raphael’ RDNA 2 iGPU and have HDMI / DP outputs.

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Say goodbye to the load screen with SmartAccess storage!

Because decompressing the game’s data requires a lot of computer power, the CPU must perform the decompression and data transfer, which causes delays and consumes a lot of resources.

Radeon GPU asset decompression and Smart Access Memory work together with new AMD platform technologies and DirectStorage support in SmartAccess Storage to improve texture streaming and minimize game load times.

AMD Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 Raphael CPUs Specifications

Before we get into the fundamental features, we should highlight that the AMD Zen 4 architecture provides an 8-10% IPC gain, but the majority of the performance benefit comes from higher clock rates and a greater TDP than the previous generation. AMD claims that Zen 4 cores are 15% faster single-threaded, 35% faster multi-threaded, and 25% quicker per watt. Here are the CPUs under Ryzen 7000 Gen 4:

  • AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
  • AMD Ryzen 9 7900X
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7700X
  • AMD Ryzen 5 7600X

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X 16 Core Zen 4 Specs and Features

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X has 16 cores and 32 threads, like its predecessors. The CPU will have a base frequency of 4.5 GHz and a boost clock of up to 5.7 GHz, making it 200 MHz faster than Intel’s Alder Lake Core i9-12900KS. AMD seems to squeeze every Hertz out of the Ryzen 9’s 170W TDP (230W PPT). The CPU’s cache has 64 MB from L3 (32 MB per CCD) and 16 MB from L2 (1 MB per core).

Based on the clocks alone, the Ryzen 9 7950X should be a viable successor to Ryzen 9 5950X and will easily outperform Intel’s current Core i9-12900K CPU in terms of performance.

AMD Ryzen 9 7900X 12 Core Zen 4 Specs and Features

The 7900X has 12 cores and 24 threads, as its name suggests. The CPU’s base rate is 4.7 GHz, and the boost clock is 5.6 GHz per core. The CPU has 76 MB of cache (64 MB L3 + 12 MB L2) with CPU retaining its 170W TDP. The CPU will be comparable to the Ryzen 9 5900X but outperform the Intel Core i7-12700K.

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X 8 Core Zen 4 Specs and Features

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X has 8-core/16-thread configuration. AMD considers this the sweet spot for gamers. Hence the CPU will have a base frequency of 4.5 GHz and a boost clock of 5.4 GHz at 105W TDP (142W PPT). The CPU’s 40 MB cache pool consists of 32 MB L3 from the single CCD and 8 MB L2 from the Zen 4 cores.

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X 6 Core Zen 4 Specs and Features

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X includes 6-cores, 12-threads, 4.7 GHz base clock, and 5.3 GHz single-core turbo. The CPU’s 105W TDP (142W PPT) is substantially greater than its 65W predecessor, but that’s the price for better clock rates. The CPU has 38 MB of L3 and 6 MB of L2 cache on the chip.

AMD Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 CPUs Specifications

AMD Ryzen 9 7950XZen 45nm16/324.5 GHz5.7 GHz80 MB (64+16)170W~$700 US
AMD Ryzen 9 7900XZen 45nm12/244.7 GHz5.6 GHz76 MB (64+12)170W~$600 US
AMD Ryzen 7 7700XZen 45nm8/164.5 GHz5.4 GHz40 MB (32+8)105W~$300 US
AMD Ryzen 5 7600XZen 45nm6/124.7 GHz5.3 GHz38 MB (32+6)105W~$200 US

AMD has been tight-lipped about their upcoming Ryzen 7000 series ‘Zen 4’ CPUs. We know that they will be released in the second half of 2022, and that they are based on a new 5nm process. But that’s all we know for now. AMD has not released information about clock speeds, prices, or features.


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