AMD Intros Affordable Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 Desktop CPUs: Ryzen 9 7900 $429, Ryzen 7 7700 $329, Ryzen 5 7600 $229

Hassan Mujtaba

AMD introduces more affordable options within its Ryzen 7000 AM5 Desktop CPU lineup with the Ryzen 9 7900, Ryzen 7 7700 & Ryzen 5 7600.

AMD Ryzen 7000 AM5 Desktop CPUs Get More Affordable: Ryzen 9 7900 For $429, Ryzen 7 7700 For $329, Ryzen 5 7600 For $229 US, Hit Retail on 10th January

Today, AMD has presented three new models in its new Ryzen 7000 Non-X Desktop CPU family, the Ryzen 9 7900 with 12 cores, the Ryzen 7 7700 with 8 cores, and the Ryzen 5 7600 with 6 cores. The three new models will feature the Zen 4 core architecture with a TDP of 65W which is much lower than the 'X' parts, all while retaining the same core configurations and Zen 4 core architecture. The specs of each CPU are listed below.

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AMD Ryzen 9 7900 - 12 Zen 4 Cores For Just $429 US

The AMD Ryzen 9 7900 will feature 12 cores, 24 threads, and 76 MB of cache (64 MB L3 + 12 MB L3) and will feature a maximum clock speed of up to 5.4 GHz. The CPU will retail at $429 US which is a difference of $120 US versus the Ryzen 9 7900X. While the base clock remains to be seen, the boost clock sees a 200 MHz reduction but given the price point, this 12-core chip looks incredible & I can already see a lot of users upgrading to this sub-$500 US 12-Core Zen 4 chip. AMD will position the chip against the Intel Core i9-13900 & Core i9-12900 CPUs.

AMD Ryzen 7 7700 - 8 Core Gaming Champ Under $350 US

Next up, we have the Ryzen 7 7700 which will feature 8 cores, 16 threads 40 MB of cache (32 MB L3 + 8 MB L3), and will feature a maximum clock speed of up to 5.3 GHz. The CPU will retail for $329 US which is a difference of $70 US versus the Ryzen 7 7700X which retails at $399 US. The Ryzen 7 7700 seems to be clocked just 100 MHz lower than the Ryzen 7 7700X which is impressive given its 65W power budget. The final TDP should fall around 90-100W given the 1.375x multiplier for the PPT. The Ryzen 7 7700 will be positioned against the Core i7-13700 and Core i7-12700.

AMD Ryzen 5 7600 - Making AM5 Affordable For Entry-Level Builders

Lastly, we have the AMD Ryzen 5 7600 which will feature 6 cores, 12 threads, 38 MB of cache (32 MB L3 + 6 MB L2) and will feature a maximum clock speed of up to 5.1 GHz. The CPU will hit retail at $229 US which is also $70 US lower than the Ryzen 5 7600X which retails at $299 US. The boost clock is 200 MHz lower than the 'X' chip. The Ryzen 5 7600 will be positioned against the Core i5-13600 & Core i5-12600 CPUs.

Based on the above:

  • Ryzen 9 7900 12 Core- $120 US cheaper vs 7900X
  • Ryzen 7 7700 8 Core- $70 US cheaper vs 7700X
  • Ryzen 5 7600 6 Core - $70 US cheaper vs 7600X

Still, buyers should be aware that the new Ryzen 9 7900 versus the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor performs, on average, 119% better in twelve tested games at 1080p resolution. For the following comparisons, the Ryzen 9 7900 system was equipped with DDR5-6000 & the Ryzen 9 5900X PC was equipped with DDR4-3600 memory. You can also check out the Geekbench 5 performance of the said CPUs here.

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One thing that AMD is marketing with these chips is that they will be bundled with either a Wraith Prism (Ryzen 9 7900 / Ryzen 7 7700) or a Wraith Stealth (Ryzen 5 7600) CPU cooler. Now Intel will also bundle its Non-K 13th Gen CPUs with its brand new Laminar series coolers based on the TDP spec so both chipmakers will have a small value added for mainstream users but we still suggest that users get aftermarket cooling options if they have the budget to get the most out of the CPU.

Overall, the chips sound like they will offer the best performance per dollar value on the AM5 platform and we will also be looking at cheaper A620 motherboards by the mid of 2023.

AMD Ryzen 7000 Raphael Desktop CPU Specs:

CPU NameArchitectureProcess NodeCores / ThreadsBase ClockBoost Clock (SC Max)CacheTDPPrices (MSRP)
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3DZen 4 3D V-Cache5nm16/324.2 GHz5.7 GHz144 MB (64+64+16)120WTBA
AMD Ryzen 9 7950XZen 45nm16/324.5 GHz5.7 GHz80 MB (64+16)170W$699 US
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3DZen 4 3D V-Cache5nm12/244.4 GHz5.6 GHz144 MB (64+64+12)120WTBA
AMD Ryzen 9 7900XZen 45nm12/244.7 GHz5.6 GHz76 MB (64+12)170W$549 US
AMD Ryzen 9 7900Zen 45nm12/243.6 GHz5.4 GHz76 MB (64+12)65W$429 US
AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3DZen 4 3D V-Cache5nm8/164.0 GHz5.0 GHz104 MB (32+64+8)120WTBA
AMD Ryzen 7 7700XZen 45nm8/164.5 GHz5.4 GHz40 MB (32+8)105W$399 US
AMD Ryzen 7 7700Zen 45nm8/163.6 GHz5.3 GHz40 MB (32+8)65W$329 US
AMD Ryzen 5 7600XZen 45nm6/124.7 GHz5.3 GHz38 MB (32+6)105W$299 US
AMD Ryzen 5 7600Zen 45nm6/123.8 GHz5.1 GHz38 MB (32+6)65W$229 US
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