AMD Ryzen 7000 Price Rumour Could Be Advantageous for Intel
New rumours on the AMD Ryzen 7000 series CPU pricing could end up giving Intel a significant advantage if it is accurate.
AMD Ryzen 7000 Price Rumour
The next batch of Zen 4 CPUs, which is expected to be the non-X variants of what we knows thus far, have been leaked out. This is on the alleged specifications and pricing for the AMD Ryzen 9 7900, Ryzen 7 7700 and Ryzen 5 7600. The leak is said to be of a slideshow presentation that is expected to be for CES 2023. It was also mentioned that they will likely go on sale shortly after, potentially on 9th January 2023.
Starting off with the AMD Ryzen 9 7900, it has a base clock of 3.7GHz with a 5.4GHz boost clock, putting it just 200MHz slower than the 7900X. On the upside, it comes with a lower 65W TDP. The alleged retail price for this CPU is said to be USD $429. This one is said to compete against the Intel Core i9-13900 and 12900.
Moving on the AMD Ryzen 7 7700, it has a base clock of 3.8GHz with a boost clock of up to 5.3GHz, putting it 700MHz and 100MHz lower than the 7700X respectively. It has the same 65W TDP and is said to retail for USD $329. This one is said to compete against the Intel Core i7-13700 and 12700.
Lastly with the AMD Ryzen 5 7600, this one also has a base clock of 3.8GHz but the boost clock is only up to 5.1GHz, putting it 900MHz and 200MHz slower than the 7600X respectively. Unsurprisingly, it also shares the same 65W TDP and is said to retail for USD $229. This one is said to compete against the Intel Core i5-13600 and 12600.
The issue here at the moment is that there are already some notable discounts on the existing Zen 4 CPUs, with the Ryzen 5 7600X selling for USD $250 as opposed to its retail price USD $299. With the 7600 retailing for USD $229, you’re not really saving much and it makes more sense to go for the X variant instead. Of course, this is the price that was introduced during Black Friday sales, and it’s continuing now due to Holiday / Year End sales.
AMD recently reduced prices on its Ryzen 7000 chips due to slower-than-expected sales. One reason for this may be the added cost of upgrading to a new motherboard and DDR5 system RAM, which are required for the Zen 4 platform. However, cheaper motherboards for the AM5 (Zen 4) platform are expected to be released in the near future, which may make upgrading to Zen 4 more appealing.
It’s worth noting that the new Ryzen models come with a cooler (Wraith Prism or Wraith Stealth for the lower-end Ryzen 7600), which could make them more attractive to buyers. However, competing with the new Raptor Lake offerings, such as the 13600, may be difficult for AMD as leaks about the performance of some of those mid-range CPUs have been impressive. Ultimately, the success of AMD’s new models will depend on how they compare in terms of value and performance to Intel’s offerings.
Pokdepinion: I’d go for the X variant since the price different usually isn’t big. I also feel that it still has some strong value propositions still, just that the move towards DDR5 for RAM would be what’s stopping more people from hopping on board.