AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPUs based on the Zen 4 core architecture have started showing up at online retailers. All four CPUs were listed with Canadian retailer PC-Canada, with a tentative price list.
AMD Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” CPUs Appear in Tentative Price List – Flagship Ryzen 9 7950X Listed for $892 US
The prices have been spotted by Momomo_US and list the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X, and the Ryzen 5 7600X in both Tray and No-Cooler SKUs. Following are the chips along with their preliminary prices by the retailer:
These prices are certainly on the high side, which is to be expected considering we’re looking at early offerings, but previous rumors have said that while the 8 and 6 core models may be cheaper than their predecessors, the high core count variants will come in handy. the Ryzen 9 lineup may cost higher.
AMD Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” Desktop CPU Lineup Tentative List by PC-Canada:
Comparing the prices to the existing processors from the same store, we can see that the Ryzen 9 7950X is $158 CAD higher than the Ryzen 9 5950X. The Ryzen 9 7900X costs $13 CAD lower than the Ryzen 9 5900X, the Ryzen 7 7700X costs $216 CAD higher than the Ryzen 7 5700X, while the Ryzen 5 7600X is $15 CAD lower than the Ryzen 5 5600X. That said, we’ll definitely have to wait for the final pricing that only AMD knows at the moment, but we can expect them to be finalized on August 29 for full disclosure.
So before we get into the core specs, we should point out that the AMD Zen 4 architecture brings an 8-10% IPC improvement, but most of the performance advantage comes from the higher clock speeds and higher TDP that gets completed to every chip versus the previous generation. AMD highlighted an increase of >15% Single-Threaded, >35% Multi-Threaded and >25% Perf/Watt when comparing Zen 4 to Zen 3 cores.
The CPUs come with optimized cache restructuring, with dual L2 cache (1 MB vs 512 KB), a shared L3 cache like the previous generation, support for DDR5 memory with EXPO (AMD’s Extended Profiles For Memory Overclocking), PCIe Gen 5.0 graphics card and M.2 SSD support. So with all that said, let’s get on with the specs.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X 16 Core “Zen 4” Desktop CPU
Starting with the flagship of them all, we have the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X which retains its healthy 16-core and 32-thread count of the previous two generations. The CPU has an impressive base frequency of 4.5 GHz and a boost clock of up to 5.7 GHz, which should make it 200 MHz faster than Intel’s Alder Lake Core i9-12900KS with a boost frequency of 5.5 GHz on a single-core. It seems AMD is extracting every ounce of Hertz it could within that 170W TDP (230W PPT) for the Ryzen 9 chips. As for the cache, the CPU comes with 80 MB of which 64 MB from L3 (32 MB per CCD) and 16 MB from L2 (1 MB per core).
We don’t know the pricing or performance of the Ryzen 9 7950X yet, but based on the clocks alone, it should be a worthy successor to the Ryzen 9 5950X and will easily knock over Intel’s current Core i9-12900K CPU.
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X 12 Core “Zen 4” Desktop CPU
Next up we have another AMD Ryzen 9 chip, the 7900X, which, as the name suggests, would be equipped with 12 cores and 24 threads. The CPU comes with an even higher base clock of 4.7GHz and a boost clock adjusted to 5.6GHz over a single core. The CPU keeps its 170W TDP and gets 76 MB cache (64 MB L3 + 12 MB L2). The CPU will be placed in the same ballpark as the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, but with performance that would shake the ground from under the Core i7-12700K.
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X 8 Core “Zen 4” Desktop CPU
Moving on to the Ryzen 7 family, here we have the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X, an 8-core and 16-thread component. AMD positions this as the best place for gamers and as such the CPU will have a base clock of 4.5GHz and a boost clock of 5.4GHz, but with a lower TDP of 105W (142W PPT). The CPU will have a 40MB cache pool consisting of 32MB L3 from the single CCD and 8MB L2 from the Zen 4 cores.
An interesting thing to mention is that there is no update by AMD on a Ryzen 7 7800X chip so far. AMD probably wants to replace that part with a successor to the Ryzen 7 5800X3D with Zen 4 cores (3D V-Cache). If so, we can expect an update to the CPU lineup later this year, as the V-Cache parts have been confirmed for a late Q4 2022 launch by AMD itself. Also, based on the segmentation alone, it looks like the Ryzen 7 7700X will be really well priced in the mainstream segment.
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X 6 Core “Zen 4” Desktop CPU
Finally, we have the most budget-friendly chip (if you can call it that, but the price won’t reflect that), the Ryzen 5 7600X. This will be a 6-core and a 12-thread part with a high 4.7 GHz base clock and a 5.3 GHz single-core boost frequency. The CPU will also run at a 105W TDP (142W PPT), which is much higher than its 65W predecessor, but again, that’s the sacrifice you’ll have to pay to achieve the higher clock speeds. The CPU will have 38MB cache coming from 32MB L3 and 6MB L2 on the die.
AMD Ryzen 7000 ‘Raphael’ Desktop CPU Specifications:
Cores / Wires
Boost Clock (SC Max)
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X
AMD Ryzen 7 7800X
To be determined
To be determined
To be determined
To be determined
> $449 US
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X
The AMD Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” desktop CPUs are expected to launch on September 15, with a pre-launch announcement scheduled for August 29, where final pricing and specs will be revealed. We already leaked the specs a few days ago, so it looks like the main focus should be on the performance figures and value (prices) these chips have to offer.
Which AMD Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs are you most interested in?