Three new non-X desktop CPUs are about to be introduced, according to a series of leaked slides outlining AMD’s near-term plans. The Ryzen 9 7900, Ryzen 7 7700, and Ryzen 5 7600 are the three chips.
According to reports, the Ryzen 9 7900 has 12 cores and 24 threads, 76MB of cache, and clock rates of up to 5.4GHz. While the Ryzen 5 7600 is said to have six cores and 12 threads, 38MB of cache, and speeds of up to 5.1GHz, the Ryzen 7 7700 is said to have eight cores and 16 threads, 40MB of cache, and speeds of up to 5.3GHz. The stolen slides made no mention of base clock speeds.
AMD contrasted the Ryzen 9 7900 and Ryzen 9 5900X in another slide using benchmarks for games and creator-focused applications. In every test conducted, the new chip outperformed the competition by as much as 48 percent in Corona Renderer and 31 percent in DOTA 2.
Each of the three models has a quoted price of $429, $329, or $229, and they all have a TDP rating of 65 watts.
Similar X-based chips are now available on Newegg for $463.99, $346.98, and $248.99, respectively. By choosing the non-X variety, you would thus save $34.99, $17.98, or $19.99. (based on the MSRPs in the slides). According to reports, the launch date is January 10, 2023, just a few days after CES.
There is not much of a reason to choose a non-X CPU unless you are truly seeking to keep power consumption (and hence, temps) down and have no interest in overclocking, given the negligible pricing differences. Personally, I’d opt for the X model and reduce the cost by choosing a less expensive case or a slightly less expensive motherboard that omits some bells and whistles I might not need.
In connection with that, CES 2023 begins on January 5 and ends on January 8 in Las Vegas. Hopefully, starting next week, AMD, Intel, and a plethora of other hardware manufacturers will have plenty of news to offer.