AMD’s Ryzen 7000 (Raphael) processors with Zen 4 cores will arrive this fall to destroy the best processors on the market. However, hardware leaks An enthusiastic citizen (opens in new tab) has spoiled us with the potential specs for the next generation of chips. Then, out of the blue, ASRock released an official statement through its Weibo account (opens in new tab) denying that the information came from the company, suggesting that the specs are probably accurate.
Like the Ryzen 5000 (Vermeer), the Ryzen 7000 will max out at 16 cores and 32 threads. It may sound disappointing to some, as many early rumors claimed that AMD could go as high as 24 cores on consumer chips. But objectively, AMD doesn’t have much reason to increase the core count of its Ryzen desktop processors. The chipmaker already offers the largest number of cores per consumer chip, if you don’t count Intel’s whole hybrid antics with performance cores (P-Cores) and efficiency cores (E-Cores). Raptor Lake, Ryzen 7000’s competitor, offers up to 24 cores consisting of eight P-cores and 16 E-cores.
However, there are plenty of improvements to look forward to with the Ryzen 7000. For starters, the 5nm processors will rock AMD’s latest and greatest Zen 4 cores, which the chipmaker has estimated offer over 15% faster -high single-threaded performance and 35% higher multitasking -threaded performance than Zen 3. Ryzen 7000 also comes with increased clock speeds above 5.5 GHz and doubled L2 cache. Unfortunately, the L3 cache remains untouched – all the improvements mentioned earlier come with a price. In addition, the Ryzen 7000 will increase the TDP limit to 170W (230W peak power), which is a 62% increase over the Ryzen 5000.
As with all unpublished hardware leaks, we recommend treating the Ryzen 7000 specs with caution. The fact that ASRock issued a denial almost certainly tells us that the information is legitimate. If it was fake, ASRock would have no reason to make a statement. It’s strange because no one suspected that ASRock was the source of the leak. We suspect that Enthusiastic Citizen’s whistleblower may work for ASRock.
AMD Ryzen 7000* Specifications
|Processor||Cores / Threads||Boost Clock (GHz)||L2 cache (MB)||L3 cache (MB)|
|Ryzen 9 7950X||16 / 32||5.7||16||64|
|Ryzen 9 5950X||16 / 32||4.9||8||64|
|Ryzen 9 7900X||12 / 24||5.6||12||64|
|Ryzen 9 5900X||12 / 24||4.8||6||64|
|Ryzen 7 7700X||8 / 16||5.4||8||32|
|Ryzen 7 5700X||8 / 16||4.6||4||32|
|Ryzen 5 7600X||6 / 12||5.3||6||32|
|Ryzen 7 5600X||6 / 12||4.6||3||32|
*Specifications not confirmed.
The Ryzen 9 5950X will hand over the reins to the Ryzen 9 7950X. The former has a 4.9 GHz boost clock, which was already quite high. However, the Ryzen 9 7950X can peak at 5.7GHz, blowing the former flagship out of the water with a 16% difference in boost clock speeds. Note that the boost clock is AMD’s nominal specification and the chip will achieve higher clock speeds depending on the workload. For example, the Ryzen 9 5950X had no problem boosting to 5.1 GHz under some workloads.
The Ryzen 9 7900X and Ryzen 7 7700X will arrive to replace the Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 7 5700X respectively. As a result, we expect 17% higher clock speeds on the new Zen 4 chips. What we find odd is that the leak doesn’t mention the Ryzen 7 7800X, which almost hints that the Ryzen 7 5800X might get a successor or the replacement might come late. For Zen 3, AMD released the Ryzen 7 5800X first and then the Ryzen 7 5700X almost a year later. It was already too late when the Ryzen 7 5700X hit the retail market, because Intel’s comparable Alder Lake chips were faster and cheaper.
Image 1 on 2
The Ryzen 5 7600X is likely to be the most attractive SKU for gamers. It’s a much improved version of the Ryzen 5 5600X, which was already a very capable gaming chip. Using the newer Zen 4 cores, the Ryzen 5 7600X can debut with a 15% higher clock speed.
AMD will release the Ryzen 7000 army this quarter. Hence, we can expect an official announcement by the end of August or beginning of September. The chipmaker’s motherboard partners recently showcased their premium AM5 motherboards with the X670 and X670E chipsets. MSI’s marketing materials for the AM5 firmly state September 15th, so that’s likely the date the Ryzen 7000 will hit retail shelves. However, according to information from Enthusiastic Citizen, Raptor Lake could land on October 17th, so the Ryzen 7000 seems to have the first mover advantage.