AMD Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 Specs, Release Date, Benchmarks, Price Listings

AMD has announced the details of its first four new Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 series “Raphael” processors, the 16-core $699 Ryzen 9 7950X flagship, which AMD claims is the fastest CPU in the world, to the six-core $299 Ryzen 5 7600X, the lowest bar of entry to the first family of Zen 4 processors. According to AMD’s benchmarks, these chips will deliver market-leading performance, and that’s a needed return to form.

AMD’s previous-gen Ryzen 5000 processors accomplished what was once thought impossible: The chips unseated Intel’s best in every CPU benchmark, including taking the top of our list of best CPUs for gaming, as the company outclassed Intel’s Rocket Lake in every regard.

But then Alder Lake happened. Intel’s new hybrid x86 architecture, featuring a blend of big and powerful cores mixed in with small efficiency cores, pushed the company into the lead in all facets of raw performance and even helped reduce its glaring deficiencies in the power consumption department. But, perhaps most importantly, Alder Lake started a full-on price war with Intel’s new bare-knuckle approach to pricing, particularly in the mid-range that serves as gamer country.

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