AMD officially introduced new Ryzen 7000 desktop processors tonight. With these, AMD is switching to a new CPU socket (AM5), which, like its still current predecessor AM4, should remain current for several CPU generations (at least until 2025). With its competitor Intel, on the other hand, a new mainboard was usually due with each new GPU generation in the past.
The new Socket AM5 (aka LGA 1718) supports a maximum of 24 PCIe Gen5 standard lanes, depending on the mainboard equipment, which first need to be utilised. Corresponding PCIe5.0 SSDs and GPUs are not yet available on the market, but corresponding models are expected this year. AM5 CPUs can also only be operated with DDR5 RAM.
On the other hand, the new hardware is even more powerful than expected. According to AMD, the upcoming Ryzen 9 7950X will be able to beat an Intel Core i9-12900K by up to 57 per cent and even a Ryzen 5 7600X will be up to 17 per cent faster than Intel&s current top model. Nevertheless, the efficiency is said to have been further improved.
It is also interesting (and probably also due to the current economic situation) that AMD has hardly raised the price for the new generation. The following 4 models will be available at launch:
Ryzen 9 7950X (16 cores /32T, 4.5 GHz to 5.7 GHz) 699 US dollars
Ryzen 9 7900X (12 cores/24T, 4.7 GHz to 5.6 GHz) 549 US dollars
Ryzen 7 7700X (8 cores /16T, 4.5 GHz to 5.4 GHz) 399 US dollars
Ryzen 5 7600X (6 cores/12T, 4.7 GHz to 5.3 GHz) 299 US dollars
The new processors should be available from 27 September 2022 (without expected bottlenecks), the first motherboards (from 125 euros) even from mid-September.