The AMD Ryzen 7 7700X processor has been spotted in several revealed benchmarks that show impressive performance in many respects.
The 7700X was marked in the CPU-Z test (now removed), which was posted on Twitter by the well-known leaker Tum_Apisak (courtesy of Tom’s gear (opens in a new tab)).
The next-generation AMD processor managed to reach 774 in single-threaded mode and a result of 8381 in multi-threaded mode. The latter shows that the 7700X outperformed Intel’s flagship Core i9-12900K by 1%, and compared to the Core i7-12700K, the AMD chip was 8% faster. Compare this multi-core result with the Ryzen 7 5800X, and the upcoming processor is 28% faster.
For a single thread, the image doesn’t look that good for AMD, as the 7700K is less than 12700K in this case and is roughly equal to 12600K (the Ryzen CPU was 1% faster than the latter). However, the 7700K beat the 5800X by 21% in one thread.
Tum_Apisak also assured screenshot (opens in a new tab) in the CPU-Z showing the retail version of the 7700X (apparently the model sent to the reviewer) boost to 5425 MHz on all cores, which slightly exceeds the officially rated 5.4 GHz boost (by 25 MHz – of course depending on the quality of the chip you get, the 7700X may be in able to put your foot a bit more than during maximum boost).
This trick also shows a TDP of 105W for the CPU and that the 7700X was tested on a Gigabyte X670E Aorus Master motherboard with DDR5-6400 system memory.
Another leak marked with VideoCardz (opens in a new tab) further shows the Ryzen 7 7700X in Geekbench, hitting 2209 for single-core and 14459 for multi-core, easily overtaking the Core i7-12700K with a 16% lead in the first but ending up much closer to multi-core with just 2% in favor of the AMD CPU.
Analysis: Zen 4 looks promising, but let’s not get carried away
It will be the Zen 4 processor that many people will keep an eye on as it sits at the sweet spot of the 8-core model. While many people still have 6-core (or even quad-core) processors, 8-core chips are making rapid progress and are what you really need to look at for the future. The 7700X remains a relatively inexpensive processor at $ 399 (around £ 345 / AU $ 590), certainly compared to the 5800X that made its debut at Zen 3 launch and was $ 50 more expensive in the US (at the time of launch there was no 5700X model with the Ryzen 5000 range ).
As always, we have to be very careful with any early test leaks, but should Intel be concerned about this? Well, the 7700X makes an impressive show by slightly outperforming the Core i9-12900K in terms of multi-threaded performance, but we have to take CPU-Z testing with more seasonality than usual when it comes to reflecting actual performance (and, of course, the framerate in games that many people will be really interested.)
Single-thread performance for AMD looks more astonishing, but again don’t attach too much importance to these pre-release comparisons to CPU-Z (although the outgoing 5800X is deftly outmaneuvered).
We also need to remember that Intel has its own line of next-gen CPUs, Raptor Lake, shortly before launch, with not only an IPC gain (clock instructions) but also a few more performance cores compared to Alder Lake (double for the flagship 13th generation and 13700K). Moving on to the Geekbench score above for the 7700X, it just outperforms the current 12700K by 2% for multiple cores, but with 13700K generation gains and a doubling of the performance cores (8 instead of 4), well when the next-gen rival from Team Blue comes out, these comparisons may be quite different.
In the end, we’ll only know when it happens, but for now we’ll be repeating what we’ve provided in the near past: that it still looks like both the Ryzen 7000 and Raptor Lake will be moving nicely ahead in terms of performance, and decisions may be made on the basis of other factors. By this we mean things like a cost comparison and a move to a whole new platform for AMD (13th Gen Intel processors will still be good with Alder Lake motherboards but won’t offer a further upgrade path).
Oh, and patience can play an important role as AMD will hit the scene with next-gen CPUs in just a few weeks, while Raptor Lake is clearly looking to mid-October, or maybe a little later, for launch time. And since Team Red is rumored to be making a large-scale launch, leaving the scalpers out in the cold – with Raptor Lake gossipers who have been worried about prices for a while, and Intel is sure to want to raise the prices of some of its chips – there are certainly reasons to believe that AMD will have several key advantages in the battle for next-gen CPUs.