Quick-thinking users have seen a strange list on AMD’s resources page (since deleted) that sheds light on the names of the 7000 series CPUs. As first noted by Videocardz on Wednesday, the AMD list included SKUs for its upcoming 7000 series processors, including the Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900x, Ryzen 7 7700X, and Ryzen 5 7600X. Despite the plethora of 7s out there, the sharpest among you will find themselves missing a Ryzen 7 7800X or any other Ryzen 3 7000 series CPU. That’s a bit of a shame for budget and mid-range gamers. The 7800X was also previously suggested by consistent leaker Greymon over on Twitter.
So there’s not much else to do here other than the names of these CPUs and the apparent timing for release, right? Well, based on what AMD demonstrated earlier, the leaked names suggest that the Ryzen 9 7950X could hit 16 cores and 32-thread connections, while the second lowest in the series could do 12 cores, then 8 , then 6. The last we heard about these CPUs was that they would feature up to 16 cores, allowing them to sprint faster than 5GHz. At an AMD presentation, a 16-core Zen 4 chip clocked in at 5.5GHz while playing Ghost Wire: Tokyo. That was a controlled environment, of course, but it gives us a basis for guessing about the core distribution across the Zen 4 line.
As many “7s” as there are in these names, there are also many 5s, with PCIe Gen 5 controllers and DDR5 memory support being the key features for the Raphael line. The new CPU generation also requires an AM5 motherboard socket, which requires a 1718-pin LGA motherboard.
Those motherboards include the B650, X670 and X670 Extreme chipsets. The latter two will contain the hardware required for the PCIe Gen 5 graphics technology.
We still don’t know many details about pricing, and with today’s chip manufacturing market it would be foolish to start guessing. According to Tom’s Hardware, there are rumors of a mid-September release, although of course mileage can vary considerably for unannounced release dates.
Either way, AMD is clearly setting up its top-end CPUs to compete with Intel and its forthcoming Core i9-13900 CPU. That processor is rumored to be rocking 24 cores (32 threads) apparently split between a third performance core and two-thirds efficiency cores. It is also rumored to support up to DDR5-5600 memory and support a maximum clock speed of 3.7GHz, better than a comparable Ryzen 9 5900X.