AMD’s next-gen flagship Zen 4 processor could be clocked much faster than its predecessor, potentially capable of boosting up to 5.7GHz, and other CPUs in the Ryzen 7000 series will receive a similar level of turbocharging, if the latest news from the rumor mill is right.
If VideoCardz (opens in new tab) reports, this actually comes from two different sources, Wccftech (opens in new tab) and Expreview (opens in new tab) on Bilibili (a Chinese video sharing site), so we have to be more careful here than usual as we wouldn’t consider these to be the most reliable sources of leakage. That said, the claimed specs are consistent with both sources, so that gives a little more weight to the rumors here.
The theory is that AMD will launch four initial processors for the Ryzen 7000 series, and those will be the Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 5 7600X, which also marries previous speculation. While all core numbers remain the same as their Ryzen 5000 counterparts, the clocks are seriously ramped up.
The flagship Ryzen 9 7950X (with 16 cores) would reportedly run with a base clock of 4.5GHz and boost to 5.7GHz, which would be a huge step up from the current 5950X – an increase of respectively 1.1 GHz and 800 MHz , in reality.
For the Ryzen 9 7900X (12-cores), AMD would aim for a base clock of 4.7GHz and a boost to 5.6GHz, which is another big jump compared to the 5900X with clocks of 3.7GHz and 4. .8GHz. Both top chips are said to have a TDP of 170W by default (a figure previously quoted by AMD), although they will use 230W if the boost pedal is flat on the metal (that’s the nominal PPT or Package Power). Tracking, the maximum allowable power consumption).
AMD’s mid-range 8-core product, the Ryzen 7 7700X, is apparently going to hit 4.5GHz for its base clock and 5.4GHz boost, with the Ryzen 5 7600X (6-core part) hitting a 5.3GHz boost . Those chips have a TDP of 105W (and a PPT of 142W).
Analysis: cranking up those clocks, but with a tradeoff
We already knew that AMD has big things planned for clock speed increases with Zen 4 processors because of what we’ve heard in the rumor mill, for example with an 8-core CPU (presumably the 7700X) hitting 5.2GHz in an early sample leak. from months back.
Additionally, Team Red has showcased the pre-release Ryzen 9 7950X which hits 5.5GHz for an all-core boost. So the ability to boost the incoming flagship to up to 5.7GHz isn’t as big a step as it might seem at first glance, but we’d obviously do well to remain skeptical of these claims as previously mentioned. .
If that’s true, there’s probably an expected trade-off for AMD managing to bump up the clocks so much with Zen 4, which is that there may not be much overclocking possible as there just won’t be a lot of headroom left to play with. . Indeed, Wccftech suggests that in the same way that overclocking isn’t an option with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, there will also be a voltage limit on Ryzen 7000 chips to disallow overclockers, but again, we’ll have to see.
Mind you, if this is the situation, rather than seeing it as a case of disappointment that there may not be room for enthusiasts to reach higher speeds through major overclocking, it’s actually a good thing that the majority of the people who’ If you never overclock, you’ll get high clocks out of the box.
AMD’s next-gen Ryzen chips aren’t alone in expecting high clock speeds from the bat, as Intel’s Raptor Lake CPUs are rumored to be as high as 5.7GHz or 5.8GHz, and sample processors have already been spotted overclocked. up to 6GHz and above on multiple occasions.
The difference with AMD, however, is that in one generation, the aforementioned rumors in clock speeds – both base and boost to the beat of 1GHz, or fairly close to that – would be a huge eye-opener. While Intel’s Alder Lake is already there with a boost of 5.5GHz for its current flagship.
Intel may be in the lead with Alder Lake right now, but AMD looks set to make a strong comeback with Ryzen 7000 built on the all-new Zen 4 architecture, and it’s likely to be a closely fought battle with incoming Raptor Lake silicon. Team Blue later this year (with Zen 4 CPUs likely to hit the shelves first, pretty much).