AMD teases RDNA3 and reveals price and release date for Ryzen 7000 processors

AMD revealed pricing, performance, some release dates and more on upcoming RDNA 3 graphics cards and Ryzen 7000 series processors during its Live broadcast of “Together we move forward_PCs” In Monday.

Four processors using the new Zen 4 desktop processing architecture (codenamed “Raphael”) will launch on September 27, 2022. The flagship Ryzen 9 7950X chip will cost $699 at launch and features 16 cores, 32 threads and boost clock up to at 5.7GHz.

Price, release date and specifications of the Ryzen 7000 series processors.

A look at the prices, specs and release date of the upcoming Ryzen 7000 series.
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The other three processors include the Ryzen 9 7900X (12 cores, 24 threads and a 5.6 GHz boost) for $549, the Ryzen 7 7700X (8 cores, 16 threads and a 5.3 GHz boost) for $399 , and the budget Ryzen 5 7600X (6 cores, 12 threads, and a 5.3 GHz boost) for $299. AMD claimed during the presentation that Zen4 processors had a 13% increase in IPC over the previous generation Zen 3 (Ryzen 5000 series), compared to 8-10% during the architecture presentation at Computex 2022.

Other claims include up to a 29% increase in single-thread performance, but take these predictions with a pinch of salt until they are made public and available for external benchmarking. Some of the estimated increases are vague, such as a claimed 6-35% performance boost in games when comparing the new Ryzen 9 7950X to its predecessor, the Ryzen 9 5950X.

AMD Ryzen 7000 performance stats.

Planned improvements you might expect when upgrading from equivalent Zen3 processors.
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Regarding the place of its long-time rival Intel in the market, AMD compared the performance of its latest flagships to the Intel i9-12900K in the V-Ray benchmark where the Zen 4 processor showed up at 47% better performance per watt, and a potential 57% improvement in raytracing. Remember, this is just one SKU of many, and it’s in AMD’s best interest to make this launch appealing to consumers looking to upgrade their desktops. We’ll get a more accurate picture of the performance comparison when unbiased benchmark testing can be done.

Slide comparing the Ryzen 7000 to the 11th Gen Intel i9 processor.

As always, carefully review presentation reference slides until third-party benchmarking and testing can be performed.
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Although absent from the presentation, AMD’s website confirms that all four Ryzen 7000 SKUs will have integrated Radeon RDNA 2 graphics. Each Raphael processor will feature 2 graphics cores, each with 64 stream processors, with a boost clock of up to 2.2 GHz. Before anyone gets excited about its gaming capabilities, you’re unlikely to want to snub a full-featured desktop graphics card in favor of this integrated alternative, as the integrated GPU will only suffice for tasks such as creating gaming content. base and display outputs.

There are a few important elements of the presentation to note if you are plan to upgrade or build a new PC anytime soon. First, this generation of AMD processors will use the AM5 socket platform, which means you will need to upgrade your motherboard. Pricing for AM5 motherboards will start from $125 and be supported until at least 2025, coinciding nicely with the planned launch of Zen 5 in 2024.

However, this does not mean that the AM4 is finished. “We expect AM4 and AM5 to coexist for a while,” Lisa Su said during the presentation. “You should expect that, like with AM4, we’ll build the entire AM5 stack, but it will take some time to build and we want to make sure the cost points are correct as always.” This Is This means that you will also need to plan to upgrade your system memory as AM5 adopts DDR5 RAM and drops DDR4 support.

The processors weren’t the only announcement as we also got a glimpse of the next generation of Radeon graphics cards. The AMD Radeon RX 7000 series will be based on a 5nm process node and the flagship model will supposedly feature the Navi 31 GPU with 12288 stream processors and up to 24GB of GDDR6 memory, although this is still speculative information. AMD’s generosity for information on its new processors hasn’t extended to its upcoming graphics cards.

Lisa Su teases the RDA4 GPU on stage.

A small preview of an RDNA4 graphics card, which looks similar to previous AMD Founders Edition GPUs.
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AMD CEO Lisa Su reaffirmed previous claims that the new GPU architecture will deliver a 50% increase in performance per watt over RDNA 2, and confirmed during the presentation that at least a Radeon 7000 works and runs tests, stating that its performance looks “absolutely wonderful”. .”

The design is apparently identical to the previous generation flagship cards, with an all-black color scheme and a hint of RGB lighting similar to the Radeon RX 6950XT. The next-gen model teased during the presentation was not named, nor was the power connector shown, although the triple fan design and board thickness suggest it will be a top of the line.

Other features to expect include advanced chip packaging, redesigned compute units, optimized graphics pipeline, and next-gen AMD Infinity Cache. The next generation of AMD Radeon graphics cards are also expected to arrive by the end of the year, although no launch date has been announced.

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