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AMD Ryzen 7000 Series – What You Need To Know

The AMD Ryzen 7000 Series has landed at Ebuyer. From the tech-specs to the hardware requirements, here’s what you need to know.

What is AMD Ryzen 7000 Series?

At the recent ‘together we advance PCs’ event, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su announced the new Ryzen 7000 Series. AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs are built for the new socket AM5 platform, which supports the latest I/O and memory technologies such as PCIe 5.0 and DDR5. At launch, the line-up includes four desktop CPUs:

Model

Cores

Threads

Base Clock

Boost Clock

Graphics Model

Graphics Core Count

Default TDP

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X

6

12

4.7GHz

Up to 5.3GHz

AMD Radeon Graphics

2

105W

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X

8

16

4.5GHz

Up to 5.4GHz

AMD Radeon Graphics

2

105W

AMD Ryzen 9 7900X

12

24

4.7GHz

Up to 5.6GHz

AMD Radeon Graphics

2

170W

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X

16

32

4.5GHz

Up to 5.7GHz

AMD Radeon Graphics

2

170W

What’s new to AMD Ryzen 7000 Series?

Zen 4 CPU Architecture

The AMD Ryzen 7000 Series leverages AMD’s latest Zen 4 CPU architecture. While Zen 3 used TSMC’s 7nm and 16nm processes for the Core Complex Dies (CCDs) and I/O Dies respectively, Zen 4 takes advantage of TSMC’s smaller 5nm and 6nm process nodes.

Ryzen 7000 CPUs are the first 5nm desktop CPUs, making them extremely high-performing as well as exceptionally power efficient. AMD previously estimated an 8-10% instruction-per-clock (IPC) increase over Zen 3, but after optimising it for production, Zen 4 now reaches a 13% IPC increase in desktop applications. Compared to the competition, Ryzen 7000 delivers high performance at a fraction of the power.

iGPU as standard

Unlike older Ryzen series, Ryzen 7000 now includes integrated graphics as standard. This wasn’t brought up by Dr. Lisa Su’s in her part of the presentation. Look over at AMD’s website, however, and you’ll see all Ryzen 7000 CPUs feature ‘AMD Radeon Graphics’.

This is a big deal as it’s the first time AMD is including iGPUs on their mainline Ryzen desktop CPUs. In the past you’d have to buy ‘G-Series’ CPUs to get on-board graphics.

Featuring just 2 Compute Units based on AMD’s RDNA 2 GPU architecture – that’s ¼ as many as the Steam Deck – don’t except gaming-grade performance out of these iGPUs. Sure, if you’re buying a Ryzen 7000 CPU you’re more than likely buying a dGPU as well. Nonetheless, iGPUs are a great addition to AMD Ryzen 7000 Series.

With an iGPU, you don’t need a discrete graphics card for display output. This comes in handy when you’re troubleshooting your PC. By running off the iGPU and removing the dGPU from the equation, you can better isolate the issue. Or, say, you’ve ordered a new graphics card and are waiting for it to arrive. In the meantime, you can use the iGPU for everyday computing, such as browsing the web.

What Ryzen 7000 CPU should I buy?

Looking at the chart above, you’re probably wondering which one’s best for your next PC build. Well, as was the case with older Ryzen series, the naming schemes makes it pretty easy to figure out.

Ryzen 5, 7, and 9 are just like Intel’s Core i5, i7, and i9. Historically, Ryzen 5 has the best bang-for-buck CPUs. Sure, you don’t get a crazy amount of cores and threads, but the 7600X should be more than enough for most gamers.

The next step up is Ryzen 7, which is a popular choice among streamers. Those extras cores on the 7700X help to give you that headroom necessary to run CPU-heavy games and stream them simultaneously.

Even if you don’t stream, you might want to consider Ryzen 7. Recent game release, such as the PC port of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, are ridiculously heavy on the CPU – especially with all the real-time raytracing effects turned on.

And it’s sounding like the first batch of Unreal Engine 5-powered games don’t go easy on the CPU either. A Ryzen 5 might be enough for today’s games, but a Ryzen 7 is the more future-proof choice.

For the average user a Ryzen 9 is overkill. Games struggle to take advantage of 8 cores, never mind 12 or even 16. However, CPUs like the 7900X and 7950X are great choices for 3-D modellers, animators and video editors.

Remember, this is only the launch line-up. Expect more Ryzen 7000 CPUs to be announced throughout 2023, such as non-X variants of these CPUs and mainstream Ryzen 3 CPUs.

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series versus Intel Core 12th-Gen

At the announcement event, AMD compared the Ryzen 9 7950X to the Core i9 12900K, Intel’s current flagship CPU. While it’s the closest CPU for comparison, keep in mind that the 12900K came out in November of last year. Intel is set to release new Intel 13th-Gen CPUs soon as well, which should make for a fairer comparison. And, of course, this is all based on AMD’s internal – and potentially cherry-picked – benchmarks. Nonetheless, here’s how the 7950X stacked up.

Looking at the chart above, the 7950X features 16 cores running up to 5.7GHz, with simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) bringing it up to a total of 32 threads. The 12900K, which is based on a hybrid CPU architecture, features 8 ‘performance’ cores and 8 ‘efficiency cores’. Only these P-cores are capable of SMT, however, so the 12900K has a total of 24 threads.

That’s all well and good, but how do these tech-specs translate to real-world performance? Looking at AMD’s gaming benchmarks, the 7950X performs 23% faster than the 12900K in DOTA 2, 14% faster in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and ties it in Borderlands 3. Esports titles like DOTA 2 are a good way to assess a CPU’s performance. With simplistic graphics, they’re more than likely CPU-bound than GPU-bound.

For games, it’s not all about how many threads you’ve got. Most won’t utilise the 32 threads of a 7950X. It’s the single-core performance that matters most. In Geekbench Single-Core, the 12900K achieved a score of 2040, while the 7950X bumped it up to 2275.

That’s not all – every Ryzen 4000 CPU at the announcement beat out the 12900K in this benchmark, even the $299 AMD Ryzen 5 7600X. AMD also claims the 7600X is 5% faster on average in games and 21% faster compared to AMD’s own Ryzen 5 5600X, which would make it a serious contender for the best bang-for-buck CPU.

What hardware do I need to run AMD Ryzen 7000 Series?

In many ways, AMD Ryzen 7000 Series is a complete overhaul. While you’ll be able to re-use some hardware, upgrading to a Ryzen 7000 CPU will necessitate a new motherboard and more than likely new RAM as well.

Socket AM5

AMD launched the socket AM4 platform back in 2016 alongside Ryzen 1000, and they’ve committed to it all the way up to Ryzen 5000. That’s seriously impressive, seeing as Intel launches a new CPU socket with every other CPU generation: Intel’s LGA 1200 only supported 10th and 11th-Gen CPUs, while LGA 1700 is planned to support 12th and 13th-Gen CPUs.

AMD got a lot of milage out of AM4. With Ryzen 7000, AMD is moving onto the new socket AM5 platform, which they’ve said they’ll support with new technologies and next-gen architectures through at least 2025. So, if you’re buying a Ryzen 7000 CPU, you’ll also have to pick up a AM5 motherboard – but it should last you a long time!

X670 chipset motherboards – with the highest power delivery, overclocking headroom and I/O – launched alongside Ryzen 7000 Series, while more budget B650 chipset motherboards are coming in October. While every X and E-series board offers at least one PCIe 5.0 storage slot, X670 Extreme boards enable PCIe 5.0 graphics card slot as well as storage slots.

DDR5 Memory

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs are the first AMD CPUs to support the latest DDR5 memory. However, they’ll only support DDR5 RAM. There won’t be DDR4-compatible and DDR5-compatible motherboards, as is the case with Intel’s 12th-Gen CPUs. You cannot use DDR4 memory in a Ryzen 7000 PC build at all.

Keep this in mind if you’re thinking about upgrading to Ryzen 7000. Between the cost of the CPU itself and the motherboard and now the RAM, it’s going to be quite an expensive upgrade. Fortunately, DDR5’s price has been on a steady decline since its launch late last year. Here’s what you need to know about DDR5.

When browsing Ebuyer’s range of DDR5 memory, look out AMD’s new EXPO branding. EXPO (Extended Profiles for Overclocking) allows for user-friendly DDR5 RAM overclocking with Ryzen-optimised profiles. Enabling EXPO can drive up to 11% faster gaming performance and lower latency down to 63ns.

CPU Cooler

Even though these X670 and B650 motherboards are based on the new socket AM5 platform, AMD has said that they’ll be compatible with CPU coolers designed for AM4. This is due to the unconventional integrated heat spreader design on Ryzen 7000 CPUs, as pictured above. These cut-outs to the IHS allowed AMD to place capacitors on top of the chip rather than under it, keeping AM4 and AM5 the same size.

This doesn’t apply to all CPU coolers, however, so check the manufacturer’s website to see if your cooler’s compatible. For example, all but two Noctua AM4 CPU coolers are compatible with AM5. Those which use a custom backplate are not compatible.

How to install AMD Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs

Although AMD Ryzen 7000 Series uses the new AM5 socket design, CPU installation should be a very familiar process for anyone who’s built their own PC before. Coming from older Ryzen series, the main thing that’s changed is how the CPU connects to the CPU socket.

AM4 used a Pin Grid Array (PGA) design, whereas AM5 has switched over to a Land Grid Array (LGA) design. LGA is what you’ll find on Intel as well, and it’s the much-preferred choice. Rather than pins on the CPU, as is the case with PGA, LGA has them in the CPU socket.

So, with Ryzen 7000 CPUs you’ll no longer have to worry over bent CPUs pins, now they’ve got little gold contacts. Seeing as it’s likely the CPU is more expensive than the motherboard, we’d much rather bend the pins in the CPU socket!

What’s more, Ryzen 7000 makes installation even easier with distinct notches right on top of the CPU. With AM4, you had to align these small triangles printed onto the CPU and CPU socket. This worked well enough, but it wasn’t that obvious for the first-time PC builder. Now, with AM5, it’s going to be incredibly hard to install a CPU the wrong way. These notches will act as a guide as you’re lowering the CPU in.

Other than that, it’s you’re pretty standard CPU install: lift the retention arm, line the CPU up with the notches, lower it in gently, and push the retention arm back into place. The CPU socket cover should eject itself. Check out our PC build guides over on the Ebuyer YouTube channel. From here, proceed onto the thermal paste application and CPU cooler install.

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series at Ebuyer

The AMD Ryzen 7000 Series has landed at Ebuyer. We’ve got all the CPUs, as well as compatible AM5 motherboards and DDR5 memory, so head on over to our site and grab yours today.

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