[PLUS] Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 7 7700X in the print test

[PLUS] Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 7 7700X in the print test

The cores of the future

Something on our own behalf: Unfortunately, the processors only arrived relatively late in the PCGH test laboratory. The time was therefore “only” enough for the test, but not for an extensive tuning or mainboard article. While we cover the optimization options in this review, we would like to point out that you will find the usual Zen 4 tuning article in future issues. In the meantime, there will certainly be more AM5 mainboards in the test laboratory, so you can also look forward to a comparison test with the new socket AM5. Nevertheless, we have done our best to give you a comprehensive overview of the new Ryzen 7000 generation. Have fun!

At 1 a.m. on August 30th, 2022, when other people are sleeping, our CPU specialist editor sat down and typed the launch news for Ryzen 7000. Finally, on September 27, 2022, AMD launched a completely new CPU generation in the form of Zen 4. According to the Californians, Ryzen 7000, codenamed Raphael, heralds a new era in PC gaming. Our title for the test was therefore not entirely unsuitable. The keywords for this are: production in 5 nm (TSMC N5), with a new I/O die in 6 nm (TSMC N6), new AM5 socket with 1,718 pins, support for PCI Express 5.0, both for graphics cards and SSD and the use of DDR5 memory. The Ryzen 7000 generation is said to be 29 percent more powerful compared to Ryzen 5000. This consists of 13 percent from the higher IPC performance and 16 percent from the higher single-core boost of up to 5.7 GHz. The figures are based on AMD’s presentation. AMD, on the other hand, claims to have increased the efficiency by up to 74 percent. A comparison was made here with a Ryzen 9 5950X: With a TDP of 65 watts, a Ryzen 9 7950X is said to be up to 74 percent more efficient, with a TDP of 105 watts up to 37 percent and with a TDP of 170 watts by up to 35 percent. In general, you are self-confident compared to the competition: All Ryzen 7000 processors should outperform the Core i9-12900K.
Those are strong words and strong numbers. We felt Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 7 7700X properly in the test laboratory and are now clarifying which of them is true and where AMD’s marketing has reached.

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You will find the following products in the test:

  • AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7700X

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