AMD Ryzen 7950X and 7700 X Zen 4 Review

AMD Ryzen 7950X and 7700 X Zen 4 Review
  • AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7700X


The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X is much faster than its predecessor and offers many options thanks to the most modern AM5 platform. The processor is significantly faster than the 5950X in specific workloads thanks to improvements and new instruction sets. This final performance is accompanied by very high power consumption, and chip cooling is also a challenge.


The AMD Ryzen 7 7700X is the cheapest AVX-512-enabled processor we’ve tested so far. This is interesting for specific workloads, but for many other workloads, including gaming, the Intel Core i7-12700K is a strong contender. The advantage of an Intel processor is that you can use cheaper DDR4 memory. On the other hand, the AM5 platform will last longer and you can upgrade the 7700X more easily in the future.

The new AMD Ryzen 7000 processors based on the Zen 4 architecture, along with the AM5 socket and new chipsets, are undoubtedly the biggest technological step for the AMD processor family in recent years. A new generation of RAM, an all-new socket, and a better production process ensure that AMD can battle Intel armed to the teeth.

That fight is one that AMD really can’t ignore. About a year ago, Intel released the 12th generation Core processors, also known as Alder Lake. By successfully combining a better architecture and a better production process, the processors from the blue camp were able to challenge the Ryzen 5000 processors well and beat them in a significant portion of the tests. With the Zen 4 architecture on the Ryzen 7000 series, that has to change and AMD states that it simultaneously has the fastest CPU for gamers and the most computing for content creators.

In this review, we’ve tested the processors AMD has sent us so far: the Ryzen 9 7950X and the Ryzen 7 7700X. According to the manufacturer, the Ryzen 9 7900X and Ryzen 5 7600X could arrive at any time, so you can expect Tweakers to review these models soon.

AMD Ryzen 7000 Models

Ryzen 5 7600X is the lowest model put into the new generation, it is a hexa-core processor with a turbo speed of 5.3 GHz and it costs 365 euros. Above that is the Ryzen 7 7700X, which runs at a maximum of 5.4GHz with eight cores and should cost €489. Then the Ryzen 9 7900X has twelve cores and a turbo clock of 5.6GHz at a price of 669 euros. The top model is the Ryzen 9 7950X, which, like its predecessor, has sixteen cores. The 5.7GHz turbo clocks in at 800MHz higher than the 5950X, while the USD699 price is up to $100 less than its predecessor. We don’t notice much in euros, given the current prices, which means that the officially suggested retail price of the Ryzen 9 7950X is currently €849.

Model name Cores/Threads base clock increase the clock Cache (L2 + L3) tdp Recommended retail price in EUR (incl. VAT)
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X 16 C / 32 T 4.5 GHz 5.7 GHz 80 MB (16 + 64) 170 watts €849
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X 12 c / 24 t 4.7 GHz 5.6 GHz 76 MB (12 + 64) 170 watts 669 EUR
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X 8C/16T 4.5 GHz 5.4 GHz 40MB (8 + 32) 105 W €489
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X 6 c / 12 t 4.7 GHz 5.3 GHz 38 MB (6 + 32) 105 W 365 euros

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