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You’ll need a new mobo and DDR5 if you want an AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU

The worst kept secret from AMD in quite some time has officially been revealed to the world.

Following an oopsie by AMD itself in July, Team Red has now officially announced its Ryzen 7000 CPUs based on the new Zen 4 architecture.

The CPUs feature up to 16 cores, 32 threads and are built on TSMC’s 5nm process node. AMD claims that the Ryzen 7950X (details below) processor enables single-core performance improvement of up to 29 percent compared to an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X.

In benchmarks, AMD chief executive officer Lisa Su showed that the Ryzen 5 7600X beat out Intel’s Core i9-12900K by up to 11 percent in F1 2022. Of course, no CEO is going to show the weak side of their product so we’re waiting on real-world benchmarks before cheering Team Red.

The full lineup of Ryzen 7000 CPUs follows on below.

Model Cores/Threads Boost/
Base Frequency
Total Cache TDP SEP (USD)
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X 16C/32T Up to 5.7 / 4.5 GHZ 80MB 170W $699
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X 12C/24T Up to 5.6 / 4.7 GHZ 76MB 170W $549
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X 8C/16T Up to 5.4 / 4.5 GHZ 40MB 105W $399
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X 6C/12T Up to 5.3 / 4.7 GHZ 38MB 105W $299

“The AMD Ryzen 7000 Series brings leadership gaming performance, extraordinary power for content creation, and advanced scalability with the new AMD Socket AM5,” senior vice president and general manager for the AMD client business unit, Saeid Moshkelani, said in a statement.

The last part of that statement is important because if you want to upgrade to one of AMD’s new CPUs, you’ll need a new motherboard and DDR5 memory. Essentially this means that all you can bring with from your older AM4 rig is your PSU and GPU.

The good news is that the new Socket AM5 platform has support for up to 24 PCIe 5.0 lanes and the aforementioned support for DDR5 memory. This of course depends on the chipset you opt for.

There will be four chipsets for the socket releasing at different stages.

In September X670 chipsets will launch with two variations:

  • AMD X670 Extreme: Bringing the most connectivity and extreme overclocking capabilities with PCIe 5.0 support for graphics and storage
  • AMD X670: Supporting enthusiast overclocking with PCIe 5.0 support for storage and optional graphics support

Then, in October the B650 chipset will arrive with the following variations:

  • AMD B650E: Designed for performance users with PCIe 5.0 storage support and optional graphics support
  • AMD B650: Designed for mainstream users with support for DDR5 memory and optional PCIe 5.0 support

All of this new hardware is accompanied by new technology AMD calls EXPO. This is an acronym for Extended Profiles for Overclocking (thanks WCCFTech) and will reportedly give users an 11 percent performance boost when gaming at a 1080p resolution.

The firm says it has partnered with ADATA, Corsair, GeIL, G.SKILL, and Kingston to provide over 15 AMD EXPO-enabled memory kits at launch.

As for launch, there is really not much time to save up money here. AMD has said that Ryzen 7000 CPUs will be available globally from 27th September. As we pointed out above however, only the more premium X670 chipsets will be available then so those with a budget may want to wait until October.

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