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 bringing it to par with archrivals Intel in supporting technologies. -key.
The new processors, the 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 the Intel Alder Lago. As such, this also requires an entirely new motherboard chipset that supports AMD AM5 technology, just as it did with the Intel Alder Lake.
The new processors will go on sale on September 27, 2022, selling for $699 (about £599 / AU$999) for the Ryzen 9 7950X, $549 (about £469 / AU$799) for the Ryzen 9 7950X. Ryzen 9 7900X, $399 (about £339). / AU$579) for the Ryzen 7 7700X and $299 (about £259 / AU$429) for the Ryzen 5 7600X. This means that for the 7900X and 7600X, the price has remained the same as for their predecessors. The Ryzen 9 7950X is really set to be cheaper than the MSRP of the 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 roughly fits between the two in terms of price.
Big performance gains received
|Model||Cores/Threads||Clock (base/impulse)||Cache (L2 + L3)||TDP||Price|
|Ryzen 5 7600X||12/6||4.7GHz / 5.3GHz||38 MB||105 W||$299|
|Ryzen 7 7700X||8/16||4.5GHz / 5.4GHz||40 MB||105 W||$399|
|Ryzen 9 7900X||12/24||5.6GHz / 4.7GHz||76 MB||170 W||$549|
|Ryzen 9 7950X||16/32||5.7GHz / 4.5GHz||80 MB||170 W||$699|
Dr. Su also said the Instructions Per Clock (IPC) of the Ryzen 7000 series has 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 watch to new heights, especially with your chip enthusiasts.
“I am extremely excited to say today that as we optimize the product for production, we are now seeing 13% more IPC in desktop applications,” said Dr. Su. “From a frequency point of view, we’ve increased the frequency at the top of the stack to 5.7 GHz – that’s 800 megahertz higher than what we did on the Ryzen 5000s.”
“And as a result,” Su continued, “the single-threaded performance of the Ryzen 7000 is up to 29% higher compared to the Ryzen 5000. These are just huge performance increases and I’m extremely proud of what the team has been able to deliver.”
Probably the most anticipated (and impressive) statement AMD made during the presentation came when comparing the entire AMD Ryzen 7000 launch lineup with the best processor on the consumer market at the moment, 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 the more powerful chips presumably delivering even better numbers. At least they do in Geekbench 5’s single-thread performance, with the Ryzen 9 7950X hitting around 2,275 to the i9-12900K’s average score of 2,040.
We won’t know for sure until we test these chips out for ourselves, but if true, it would definitely be a blow to AMD, and things look good for Team Red as Intel prepares to announce its own next-gen processors, Intel Raptor Lake , later this year.
Better energy efficiency and value? Yes please
One of the most exciting claims that AMD made during its presentation is that thanks to chips made on a 5nm node, there have been substantial gains in processor efficiency.
I recently wrote that the performance arms race between chipmakers was ultimately a bad thing for both consumers and the environment, and I’m very hopeful that AMD has taken my criticisms seriously. On the one hand, this 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 go up even higher. than they already have.
Thankfully, AMD is keeping prices in check for any increase (those chips are still pretty expensive, after all), but it bodes well that prices have remained steady or even dropped a bit.
Furthermore, AMD has made a big deal out of its energy 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 approximately 62% of the power as a Ryzen 5000 series chip, or you could get up to nearly a 50% boost for the same amount of power as a chip. existing 5000 series.
Having used the Ryzen 5000 series chips quite extensively, this is no small feat. You can configure system settings to reduce power consumption and get what is still excellent performance. Of all the statements AMD made during their presentation, this is the one I wish were true more than any other.
Smart Ray Tracing and more on the horizon?
One of the things the new Ryzen Zen 4 architecture will do is incorporate the AVX-512 instruction set into its processors. They are essential for advanced compute-based workloads such as machine learning and ray tracing.
After AMD’s release announcement, I was able to ask AMD CVP and GM for Desktop PCs, David McAfee, if including ray-trace acceleration instructions in the processor’s machine code will allow for some of the kinds of cross-processor synergy between Ryzen CPUs and Radeon GPUs that we see with AMD Smart Access Memory and other board-level optimizations.
Papermaster didn’t say if this is the type of technology AMD is preparing for the future, which gave me a quick “can’t comment on that at this point”, but it’s definitely something AMD would certainly be able to do.
This also wouldn’t be a small tweak to an AMD machine’s ray tracing capability if something like this happened. Radeon GPUs are still struggling to keep up with Nvidia in terms of ray tracing at the moment given that they are first generation ray accelerators, but there is every expectation that the RDNA 3 ray accelerators will be greatly improved.
Having a synergy between a GPU and a full processor running AVX-512 instructions for high-performance computing – the kind of workload done by Nvidia’s tensor cores, which alone make Nvidia’s RTX cards the best graphics cards for content creative and machine learning applications – could be a big plus for AMD when it comes to their next-generation lightning accelerators. It’s also one that Nvidia wouldn’t be able to replicate.
While it may be idle speculation on my part, it’s definitely the most interesting “No Comment” I’ve received in a long time.