AMD announces brand-new Zen 4 CPUs, and they could be faster than Intel

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AMD’s struggling Zen 4 desktop CPUs are getting a brand-new refresh. With brand-new high-end “3D” variants, in addition to low-end models. Its high-end offerings could be up to 24% faster than Intel’s current flagship.

AMD’s Zen 4 CPUs have not had the greatest reception in the world. Heralded as the inheritor to the hugely successful Ryzen name, AMD’s CPUs have instead proven to be less popular than its predecessors.

In an effort to remedy this, AMD announced at CES 2023 during a keynote that they will be diversifying their lineup of desktop CPUs.

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Brand-new “3D” V-cache CPUs

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AMD announced that they will be releasing three brand-new 3D V-cache chips, something that we previously saw with the Ryzen 5800X3D, but not on the Zen 4 platform, and across a range of chips. We previously saw these chips leaked in a less detailed capacity last year.

CPUCores & ThreadsBase clockBoost clockCacheTDP
Ryzen 9 7950X3D16C / 32T4.2 GHz5.7GHz144MB120W
Ryzen 9 7900X3D12C / 24T4.4 GHz5.6GHz140MB120W
Ryzen 7 7800X3D8C / 16T4.X GHz5.0GHz104MB120W

During AMD’s keynote, the company showed off benchmarks with results that beat Intel’s flagship 13900K Raptor Lake CPU by around 24% in certain gaming workloads. The aforementioned benchmarks were running titles at 1080P, presumably in order to create a CPU bottleneck. However, do not know the actual performance numbers, just a percentage uplift over Intel’s gaming flagship.

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These CPUs have not yet had their pricing confirmed, but will be released in February 2023.

AMD announces more Zen 4 CPUs

In order to stay competitive with Intel’s 13th-gen CPUs, AMD has also announced non-X variants of its CPUs. These have been announced in order to stay competitive against Intel’s impressive Raptor Lake offering, which has seen AMD’s Zen 4 architecture fall by the wayside.

CPUCores & ThreadsBoost clockCacheTDPPrice
Ryzen 9 790012C / 24T5.4 GHz76MB 65W$429
Ryzen 7 77008C / 16T5.3 GHz40MB65W$329
Ryzen 5 76006C / 12T5.1 GHz38MB65W$229

These CPUs will also be bundled with AMD’s stock coolers, which should provide a good boost on previous-generation products. However, the prices also allow us to see a slight discount when compared to the slightly more powerful “X” variants.

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However, it remains to be seen if these CPUs manage to compete with Intel’s Raptor Lake offering. With new motherboards and falling DDR5 pricing, it’s likely that AMD will begin to make more of a dent against the competition, too.

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