Weekly review and outlook: Ryzen tears up the ranks in a row


The new Ryzen 7000 with Zen 4 architecture arrived in stores on September 27th and just in time for the market launch, ComputerBase published application and game tests this week, which attracted a lot of interest among the attracted readers. With Raptor Lake, however, an Intel counterattack is just around the corner.

On eight pages and 9,740 words this week, the editors dedicated themselves to performance and efficiency, the IPC, dedicated to the clock, the iGPU and other aspects such as OC and UV of AMD Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 7 7700X (test). The readership rewarded the work with the most read article of the week.

The new fastest multi-core CPU

The conclusion for the Ryzen 9 7950X is independent in terms of efficiency: AMD currently offers the fastest processor on average of all multi-core disciplines. Thanks to 16 cores, no current Intel CPU stands a chance, and the Zen 4 CPU even comes close to a Threadripper 3970X. And in the single-core benchmarks, Ryzen 7000 is also just ahead of Intel Alder Lake.

Core i7-12700K parity

The Ryzen 7 7700X achieves parity with the Intel Core i7- 12700K in the multi-core tests, but only the Core i9-12900KS is faster than AMD in the single-core measurements. Together with the Ryzen 9 7950X, the smaller model usually manages to beat Intel Alder Lake in games, only the Core i9-12900KS performs marginally better.

Almost as fast in the old TDP-PPT corset

Both new processors can also be operated much more efficiently with adjustments to the TDP-PPT corset without losing much in terms of performance. The Ryzen 9 7950X is even faster in multi-core applications with a maximum of 88 watts than the Ryzen 9 5950X with 142 watts and with 65 watts even faster than the Core i9-12900K with 241 watts. With 45 watts, the Ryzen 7 7700X clearly beats the Ryzen 9 6900HS for notebooks, which is trimmed for efficiency and also has 45 watts. This gives hope for extremely efficient, extremely fast Ryzen 7000 Mobile.

For gamers, it doesn't have to be Ryzen 9

When it comes to the pure gaming performance of the new Ryzen 7000 (test), they have to sort themselves in their own camp behind the Ryzen 7 5800X3D based on Zen 3 with 3D V cache. Taking into account the brute power consumption at Intel, a Core i9-12900KS also finishes just ahead of AMD.

As a pure gaming processor, the Ryzen 7 is also very well suited 7700X because it's effectively the same speed, as some 16-core titles run slightly slower than 8-core titles.

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Intel is positioning itself with Raptor Lake

AMD's victory will potentially be short-lived as Intel this week announced the new Raptor Lake processors, set to go head-to-head against Ryzen 7000 on October 20th .

Raptor Lake is essentially Alder Lake 2.0 before Meteor Lake is set to follow next year, where bigger changes are expected. The basic architecture remains the same for Raptor Lake, but Intel has tightened a few adjustments so that, together with a further optimized 10 nm process, more clock is made available. According to the manufacturer, the result is the fastest Intel processors to date.

The fastest gaming processor is expected

With Raptor Lake, Intel wants nothing less than to take the lead in gaming performance, which is an unsurprising announcement considering the already very fast Core i9-12900KS. There should also be a wide range of gains for applications, with Intel promising high double-digit growth, especially in the area of ​​content creation.

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Xiaomi and Google with hardware events

The holiday on Monday is followed by a short but packed week, which includes Xiaomi's first global launch event on German soil on Tuesday, during which the announcement of the 12T series is expected.

In addition, Google has scheduled the next hardware event for next Thursday, which will most likely feature the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel Watch, which Google had already teased for the last I/O.

Further Apple tests are planned

And after the test for the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max went online this week, the Apple Watch Series 8 and the iPhone 14.