Ryzen 5 7500F: when AMD reserves its smallest Zen4 for integrators

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The Ryzen 7000 range is completed by a new 6-core processor: it will be considerably less expensive than its big brothers, but will not be easy to find.

This is the story of an emotional elevator that went up and down for a whole week. Over the course of a few days, rumors began to circulate about the existence of a new AMD processor. The rumors grew louder and louder, sowing doubt in the minds of the most curious, before the American company finally spoke up to clarify matters and, incidentally, quell the hopes of many users who were hoping to be able to build themselves - with their little hands full of fingers - a modern PC without necessarily breaking the bank.


This processor is the Ryzen 5 7500F, which up until ten days ago was an absolute unknown. AMD may have expanded its Ryzen 7000 line-up, but at no time was there any mention of a "7500" model, not to mention one bearing the letter "F". In fact, at AMD - as at Intel - this letter at the end of a processor name designates a range without an integrated graphics solution, which therefore needs to be accompanied by a dedicated graphics card for the machine to function. With the Ryzen 7000, AMD has made integrated graphics the norm, whereas previously they had been reserved for specific ranges. In fact, all Ryzen 7000s feature such a solution, known as an iGPU. Well, not quite "all", since rumors have been circulating since last week about this Ryzen 5 7500F.


These rumours originated in China, and were quickly backed up by a troubling piece of information, to say the least: AMD had sent test samples to a number of journalists, but exclusively in Asia. What's more, the end of the embargo for the publication of these first tests was set for July 23: the first time that AMD has scheduled the end of an embargo for a Sunday! This was all it took for the idea to emerge that this processor might be reserved, if not for China, at least for Asia. But just 48 hours later, AMD's official website published a datasheet for the Ryzen 5 7500F. It contained the processor's specifications (6 cores/12 threads on Zen4 architecture, frequency from 3.7 to 5 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 32 MB L3 cache, TDP of 65 Watts), but above all it contained two astonishing pieces of information: the first referred to " global availability " and the second to a release date of " July 22, 2023 ". The former seemed to confirm the processor's arrival across Europe, but the latter raised doubts, since the date had already passed and no processor was visible on retail shelves.


The end of the story came just recently when Markus Lindner, AMD spokesman in Germany, said: " This processor model will be available from July 23, 2023 at 9pm. It will be available in Greater China as an integrated processor and in the rest of the world as an option for selected system builders ". In other words, don't get your hopes up too much: it won't be easy to get your hands on 7500F Ryzen 5s that are reserved for sale "as ready-made machines". In Europe, resellers - who are often integrators themselves - could very well offer it for sale, but for the moment, they're not rushing to the door. This is a pity, as AMD has announced the Ryzen 5 7500F at $179, i.e. $50 less than the Ryzen 5 7600 ($229) and $120 less than the Ryzen 5 7600X ($299). Combined with small B650 motherboards, or even an A620 motherboard, it could well give AMD wings.