AMD Ryzen 7000: Three 65-watt CPUs allegedly flank three X3Ds

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Complete AMD Ryzen glut at CES 2023? Further rumors are floating around that the portfolio could more than double. That's exactly why there's a small question mark at the end, because that sounds a bit too much for a start right in January, more like a lineup for the first half of the year.

Reinforcements coming

There is no question mark when introducing the 65-watt models from AMD Ryzen 7000 (test). AMD had already announced this to journalists at the kick-off event in Austin in the summer, but did not give an explicit date. After these had already appeared in the first OEM systems and thus also in one or the other database, the official starting signal is now to be given at CES 2023.

Since the beginning of the Zen 4 architecture, AMD has repeatedly made it clear that 65-watt CPUs are worthwhile. Because this wins most clearly in the lower segment of the power consumption compared to the predecessor, with the crowbar upwards, on the other hand, hardly any more.

At 65 watts, the new design is extremely efficient (Image: AMD)

There has been speculation about three models for weeks, with six, eight and twelve cores. At the same time, there are also three models from the X3D series, i.e. those CPUs with an enlarged L3 cache. They, in turn, should appear with eight, twelve and 16 cores. The 65-watt models are priced more aggressively than the X models, and many question marks remain with the X3D variants. The constellation of Ryzen 7000 would then be presented in tabular form as follows:

Possible Ryzen 7000 lineup in the desktop from the beginning of 2023 cores/threads clock
Basic/Turbo L3 3D V-Cache TDP iGPU Price RRP (Start) Price (current) AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D* 16/32 ? 64MB 2 × 64MB 170W 2 CU RDNA 2 ? – AMD Ryzen 9 7950X 16/32 4.5/5.7 GHz 64 MB – 170 W 2 CU RDNA 2 699 USD from 633 euros AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D* 12/24 ? 64MB 2 × 64MB 170W 2 CU RDNA 2 ? – AMD Ryzen 9 7900X 12/24 4.7/5.6GHz 64MB – 170W 2 CU RDNA 2 549 USD from 511 euros AMD Ryzen 9 7900* 12/24 3.6/5.4GHz 64MB – 65 W 2 CU RDNA $2,429* – AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D* 8/16 ? 32MB 1 × 64MB 105W 2 CU RDNA 2 ? – AMD Ryzen 7 7700X 8/16 4.5/5.4GHz 32MB – 105W 2 CU RDNA 2 399 USD from 377 euros AMD Ryzen 7 7700* 8/16 3.6/5.3GHz 32MB – 65 W 2 CU RDNA 2 329 USD* – AMD Ryzen 5 7600X 6/12 4.7/5.3 GHz 32 MB – 105 W 2 CU RDNA 2 299 USD from 276 euros AMD Ryzen 5 7600* 6/12 3.8/5.1 GHz 32 MB – 65 W 2 CU RDNA 2 229 USD* – * not officially confirmed

6 models complement 4 existing ones?< /h2>

Three X3D and three 65-watt models would make life extremely difficult, if not impossible, for almost any of the previous four processors. Only after the price reduction – which are officially still only limited promotions, although rather implausible – are these actually worthwhile in certain segments. AMD had recently teased Intel's platform that socket AM5 is superior to Intel because of its longevity despite the high acquisition costs, but this argument did not really work due to the high CPU prices.

New gaming offshoots would take a large part in this area from all previous X CPUs, the rest could probably simply be taken over by the versions with a lower TDP – they are too good, that has even AMD already said that. In the end, there is only the possibility that AMD restricts them too much (in clock) or the price does not fit. As is well known, AMD has just adapted the latter to the X variants, the 65-watt versions, as in the previous generation, will also be the first to be brought to the OEM market.

This year, however, AMD seems to have decided to go a little more aggressively in this area. But against strong Intel Raptor Lake, which also wants to poach in all other markets from January 2023, AMD is now increasingly under pressure. The at least partial clarification should already take place in a month, because AMD opens the fair with its keynote.