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AMD makes Ryzen 7000 and AM5 platform official: Zen 4 to relaunch the American?
The Ryzen 7000 processors should keep AMD ahead of Intel as the latter prepares to launch its 13th generation CPU, Raptor Lake.
The Ryzen 7000 has been talked about for many months and has been the subject of countless rumors. It is the first application of AMD's new Zen 4 architecture. It is also and above all a question of offering replacements for the excellent Ryzen 5000 range and the aging AM4 platform. Lisa Su, AMD's CEO, had given an appointment to all the international press to reveal as it should be - and forgetting the remote presentations of the Covid-19 era - this new range of processors.
As the rumors suggested, four CPU models will be launched on September 27. A first salvo that will obviously be followed by other models and which consists first of all of the Ryzen 9 7950X, a 16-core/32-thread processor with 80 MB of cache for an operating frequency of 4.5/5.7 GHz and TDP of 170 Watts. Then there is the Ryzen 9 7900X to replace the 5900X: 12 cores/24 threads on the menu with a 76 MB cache and frequencies of 4.7/5.6 GHz while the TDP is also 170 Watts.
A little behind, the Ryzen 7 7700X compensates for the absence of Ryzen 7 7800X, this reference is obviously kept for a processor X3D, with 3D Vertical Cache. The Ryzen 7 7700X therefore, has 8 cores / 16 threads, a cache of 40 MB and frequencies of 4.5 / 5.4 GHz while the TDP is 105 Watts. TDP identical for the processor that closes the march, the Ryzen 5 7600X, with 6 cores / 12 threads, a cache of 38 MB and capable of running at 4.7 / 5.3 GHz. The four processors will be launched on the same day at prices that we know for the moment only in dollars:
- AMD Ryzen 9 7950X: 699 dollars
- AMD Ryzen 9 7900X: 549 dollars
- AMD Ryzen 7 7700X: 399 dollars
- AMD Ryzen 5 7600X: 299 dollars
A new range of processors that should logically bring great progress on the performance side. To know for sure - even if the figures put forward by AMD clearly point in this direction - we will wait for the first independent tests which, logically, should arrive a little before the marketing of the chips. For AMD, it is also about introducing a new platform. The AM5 is based on a new socket (LGA1718), support for DDR5 and PCI Express 5.0 and four chipsets to support the processor.
The X670 / X670E will be the top of the line chipsets for motherboards that are logically more expensive than those based on B650 / B650E. If all the chipsets are able to handle DDR5 and PCI Express 5.0 on the SSD storage side, only the 'E' models are able to use PCI Express 5.0 on the graphics card. We can see a certain segmentation of the offer of AMD which insists however on the accessibility of its new platform indicating that the motherboards should be able to be found from 125 dollars.
Finally, while we are waiting to judge these new processors and motherboards, AMD has made it clear that it continues to work and is already working on the successor of Zen 4. Indeed, the company of Lisa Su plans to use a new process of engraving on these future Ryzen Zen 5 and already plans a launch during the year 2024, probably rather at the end of the year as for the Ryzen 7000 Zen 4.