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Following in the footsteps of the Ryzen 9 7950X, today we bring you the review of the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X, the new AM5 processor for the upper mid-range. Composed by 8 cores Y 16 threadsreaches frequencies up to 5.4GHzalmost 1 GHz extra compared to the previous generation, also incorporating memory compatibility DDR5 and with the interface PCIe Gen5.

Technical Specifications of the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X
Socket AM5
Architecture AMD Zen 4
Fabrication process TSMC 5nm FinFET
Cores / Threads 8 cores / 16 threads
Base Frequency 4.5GHz
Turbo Frequency 5.4GHz
Cache L1: 512KB
L2: 8MB
L3: 32MB
integrated graphics AMD Radeon Graphics
2 cores @ 400 – 2,200 MHz
Compatible Memory DDR5-5200 Dual-Channel
AMD EXPO Technology
PCIe PCIe 5.0 x16
Maximum temperature 95ºC

Packaging and Accessories

As with the 7950X, the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X of this review has come to us without packaging, so we have resorted to the images of this one from Techpowerup to illustrate this section. Note that it does not include a heatsink, since the basic models do not handle their TDP well and do not make sense for these processors.

DesEsports Extrasand Features

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X - Top View

The first thing we should see to start the review of the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X is its design, which comes hand in hand with the change to the AM5 socket. This brings with it LGA fixation systemclassic Intel, instead of the PGA of all life, being compatible with the heatsinks that were already compatible with AM4, so in practice it is not a problem.

encapsulated

What can be a problem is the desEsports Extrasof its encapsulation, because every time we remove it, we will have to deal with cleaning the thermal paste among so many holes.

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X - Socket AM5

8 cores and 16 processing threads

CPU-Z

Focusing on what is inside, we must say that the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X is made up of what 8 coreswhich in turn offer 16 threads, same configuration as the Ryzen 7 5700X and 5800X. However, the base frequency is 4.5 GHz (vs. 3.4/3.8GHz) and the boost frequency is 5.4GHz (vs 4.6/4.7 GHz), so the performance improvement is going to be obvious. It also maintains 32 MB of L3 cache memory, while the L2 cache reaches 8 MB and the L1 cache is satisfied with 512 KB. Of course, like its older brother, it is compatible with AVX512 instructions, perfect for those applications that take advantage of them.

105W TDP, 142W PPT

With a 105W TDP, maintains the figure of the 5800X, since the difference with the 5700X is that the TDP was reduced to 65W. Thanks to the manufacturing process of 5nm from TSMC and the Zen 4 architecturemanages to maintain the TDP by increasing the frequencies, although they are specified 142W PPTas well as a maximum temperature of 95ºC then we’ll see if it’s enough.

PCIe Gen5

On the other hand, we must emphasize that the platform Zen 4 embed interface PCI Express Gen5 with up to 28 lines, perfect for the x16 slot of the GPU and, above all, for PCIe Gen5 SSD drives.

DDR5 memories and AMD EXPO

DDR5 memories

But the great novelty that AM5 processors bring is the compatibility with DDR5 memoriesas well as with memory profiles amd expo (EXtanded Profiles for Overclocking), an alternative to Intel XMP that guarantees memory compatibility and allows you to configure it in a matter of seconds.

Tests and Performance

test team

test team

To analyze processor performance AMD Ryzen 7 7700Xwe have assembled the following test equipment:

  • Bench table Banchetto 101
  • ASRock X670E Steel Legend motherboard (BIOS 1.06.AS01)
  • RAM CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR5 for AMD @ 6000 MHz CL30
  • MSI MEG CoreLiquid S360 liquid cooling
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card
  • Font Be Quiet! Straight Power 11 1000W
  • Windows 11 Pro Operating System

Benchmarks – Synthetic Tests

Below, we show you the results of the performance tests carried out on this and other processors in Cinebench 23 (rendering), CPU-Z, x264 Benchmark (encoding), 3DMark CPU Profile (calculation).

The single-wire performance of AMD Ryzen 7 7700X it’s really good, improving remarkably compared to the previous generation to be at the height of the 12th generation of Intel. Meanwhile, the multi-thread performance is halfway between the i5 and i7, around 25-30% higher than the 5800X.

DDR5 memory performance

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X - memories

Compatibility with DDR5 memories allows data transfer rates to be increased in those, although with values ​​that are between 60-80GB/s, far from the 80-90 GB / s that these memories reach on Intel processors. It is true that the latencies are not entirely bad, but worse than in its older brother, partly due to the difference in core frequencies.

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X - latency

Tests in Games

3DMark Time Spy

With 18,000 points in 3DMark Time Spy, it is clear that its gaming performance will not be up to the 12th generation Intel processors, but it is something that we have already seen with the Ryzen 9 7950X. It is true that with the new BIOSes that have just been released, the differences with respect to Intel are reduced, although in most titles they play more in the league of i5s than i7s, but the differences are not very great compared to both, although if they are appreciated against the i9.

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X - Full HD Gaming

Temperature and Consumption

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X - Consumption and temperatures

In our tests for the review of the AMD Ryzen 7 7700Xwe have been able to verify how using a triple liquid maintains some 40ºC at rest, a figure that allows the fans to rotate slowly in PWM mode. During the stress tests it reaches a Temperature of 86.5ºCa figure that is less frightening than the 90 ºC of its older brother, although to achieve it we have to demand liquid cooling, with the consequent noise.

Associated with this is the consumptionwhich is encrypted in 120W during stress tests, although it is reduced to 80-90W playing. It is very remarkable that it improves compared to the 5800X, on which it offers a notable performance improvement, evidencing the greater efficiency of the Zen 4 cores.

Consumption ranking

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X overclocking

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X - Overclocking

As a last point to analyze in the review of the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X, we have to talk about overclocking. We have managed to reach 5.5GHz with 1.4V, same figure as in the 7950X. It is true that they are not completely stable, so we either adjust other parameters to stabilize it or we go down to 5.4 GHz, where it remains without problems as long as we are able to cool it.

conclusion

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X

As a conclusion after the review of the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X, we must say that we are facing a much more mundane processor than the Ryzen 9 7950X, since it offers sensational performance in all aspects, without the exceptionality of the latter in professional tasks that take advantage of twice as many cores. If we want it for games, it is a much more interesting option than its older brother, especially if we take into account its price of 495 euros, almost half. Round, therefore, the price of the i7-12700K, which is similar in performance, so

Main advantages
+ Very good single-wire performance
+ Very good gaming performance for its range
+ DDR5 memory compatibility
+ PCIe Gen5 x16 and M.2 PCIe Gen5
+ Very tight frequencies, takes advantage of the CPU almost to the maximum automatically
Negative aspects
AM5 platform price with DDR5
Memory speed lower than Intel
Other Aspects
* Integrated graphics, although very basic
* Requires a double or triple liquid

Since The computer bungler we give you the Gold Award to the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X.

Gold Award

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