AMD Ryzen 7 7700X CPU Review

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AMD Ryzen 7 7700X CPU

Introduction

This is our review of the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X CPU, a CPU at a more interesting and enticing price point and performance position.  The Ryzen 7 7700X CPU is based on AMD’s next-generation Zen 4 architecture which launched in September of 2022.  If you haven’t read our previous reviews, check out our Ryzen 9 7950X review and our Ryzen 9 7900X review, and our Ryzen 5 7600X review. 

In this AMD Ryzen 7 7700X review we will look at several synthetic benchmarks, including multi-core and single-core performance, and gaming performance at 4K, 1440p and 1080p.  Our CPU comparisons today are very comprehensive, culminating 11 total CPUs, 4 from the Ryzen 7000 series, 2 from the Intel 13th Generation Series and 5 from the Ryzen 5000 series.

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Back on August 29th, AMD announced the Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs at its AMD Together we Advance PC Tech Day in Austin, TX.  We were present to bring you the official announcement, information, and specifications.  In our AMD Ryzen 7000 Series CPU Introduction we detailed the CPUs that would be launching on September 27th, specifications, and pricing.  Since then, we have been hard at work to bring you the best comparisons and benchmarks we can.  Today’s review will focus on the Ryzen 7 7700X CPU specifically.

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X

The AMD Ryzen 7 7700X is the more interesting CPU this generation, as this CPU punches above the mainstream Ryzen 5 7600X CPU and hits at the heart of enthusiasts but doesn’t cost as much as the 7900X above it.  One could quite easily say the Ryzen 7 7700X is the “sweet spot CPU” for a lot of content creators and gamers. 

We are very interested in testing this CPU and finding out where it really falls in the performance scale against the other CPUs.  We are also interested to see how it improves performance beyond the previous generation Ryzen 7 5800X which was also the “go-to” CPU for the Ryzen 5000 series.  The question is then, will the Ryzen 7 7700X be the “go to” CPU for the Ryzen 7000 series CPUs?

Similar to other series in this generation, the Ryzen 7 7700X is based on the Zen 4 architecture and manufactured at 5nm.  It supports the latest AM5 platform which brings DDR5 and PCIe 5.0.  The official MSRP of the Ryzen 7 7700X is $399.  The Ryzen 7 7700X is an 8-core/16-thread CPU that can run up to 5.4GHz at 105W TDP.  It has an L2 cache configuration of 8x1MB and 32MB of L3 cache.  The base clock is 4.5GHz. 

The TDP is 105W, but the Max Socket Power (PPT) is 142W and this is closer to the actual package power usage you will see at maximum load.  The Max Current (EDC) is 170A and the Mac Current Thermally Limited (TDC) is 110A.  TjMax is 95c and Typical Loaded Temperatures are 70-90c and the recommended cooler is a Mid-frame tower cooler (or equivalent).  Stock/Auto Voltage Range is 0.650-1.475V and it does support Precision Boost 2.  Official memory support is DDR5-5200, but 6000 is the sweet spot.  CCD Transistor Count is 6.5 billion and IOD Transistor Count is 3.4 billion.

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X Installation

The AMD Ryzen 7 7700X uses AMD’s new Socket AM5 which uses LGA 1718 pins.  The Ryzen 7 7700X looks the same as the other Zen 4 CPUs, it has a unique cutout design that allows circuitry on the front of the CPU saving space on the back for all the LGA pads.

Installation of the CPU into our ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR X670E HERO motherboard went flawlessly.  We utilizes G.SKILL DDR5-6000 RAM and enabled the EXPO I profile in BIOS, and we also updated it to the latest BIOS at the time of testing.  As you can see from HWiNFO64 and CPU-Z the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X is codenamed Raphael and has a stepping of RPL-B2 and is 5nm with a 105W TDP.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Performance
8
Efficiency (Perf per Watt)
10
Features
10
Value
9

SUMMARY

We review the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X Zen 4 CPU and put it through its paces and benchmarked synthetic and gaming scenarios at various resolutions. The CPU was a strong performer in our synthetic and gaming benchmarks, providing a big uplift from the previous generation. At times, the 13600K did outperform it in the same price range in select scenarios, especially in gaming. Its efficiency is second to none, it gives a lot but doesn't ask for a lot in power utilization, staying close to the previous generation. It's loaded with features, and overall its value is great if perhaps a slightly higher MSRP than we feel it should be.
Brent Justicehttps://www.thefpsreview.com
Former managing editor of GPUs at HardOCP for 18 years, Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components since the late 90s, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review, he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer-oriented and hardware enthusiast perspective. You can follow him on Twitter - @Brent_Justice You can sub to his YouTube channel - Justice Gaming https://www.youtube.com/c/JusticeGamingChannel You can check out his computer builds on KIT - @BrentJustice https://kit.co/BrentJustice

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We review the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X Zen 4 CPU and put it through its paces and benchmarked synthetic and gaming scenarios at various resolutions. The CPU was a strong performer in our synthetic and gaming benchmarks, providing a big uplift from the previous generation. At times, the 13600K did outperform it in the same price range in select scenarios, especially in gaming. Its efficiency is second to none, it gives a lot but doesn't ask for a lot in power utilization, staying close to the previous generation. It's loaded with features, and overall its value is great if perhaps a slightly higher MSRP than we feel it should be.AMD Ryzen 7 7700X CPU Review