AMD Ryzen 5 7600X and Ryzen 9 7900X Review

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X and Ryzen 9 7900X Review


We’ve already had a good look at two of the new AMD Ryzen processors that form part of their 7000 series, the Ryzen 7700X and the flagship Ryzen 9 7950X. But we know that not everyone can quite stretch to that flagship cost, and that if you’re solely gaming then even the 7700X offers up more performance than you strictly need.

Today we’re looking at the other two processors that make up the AM5 Ryzen offerings. The Ryzen 9 7900X for those of you who want to have lots of performance without having the finances to push up to the 7950X, and the Ryzen 5 7600X which promises to be all the gaming processor you actually need, whilst saving you a chunk of money you can put towards your GPU.

We saw from our Intel testing how impressive the i5-13600K was, so naturally we’re keen to find out if the AMD equivalent matches, or even surpasses, that level of price/performance.

Without further ado, let’s quickly run through the specifications, take a look at them in the flesh, and get down to brass tacks.

Technical Specifications

Having already looked at the flagship Ryzen 9 7950X and solid eight-core Ryzen 7 7700X, today’s two CPUs fit different segments of the market. For those of you who want a system more well-rounded than a cannonball but can’t stretch to the full on 7950X, the Ryzen 9 7900X still brings 12 cores and a solid boost clock to your rig. At the other end, if you just game with your system then the Ryzen 5 7600X promises to be a good competitor for the Intel i5-13600K, boasting six cores, twelve threads and 5.3 GHz peak boost.

 OC3D Ryzen 9 7950X Ryzen 9 7900X Ryzen 7 7700X Ryzen 5 7600X
Cores/Threads 16/32 12/24 8/16 6/12
Max Boost 5.7GHz 5.6GHz 5.4GHz 5.3GHz
Base Clock 4.7GHz 4.7GHz 4.5GHz 4.7GHz
L2 Cache 16x1MB 12x1MB 8x1MB 6x1MB
L3 Cache 64MB 64MB 32MB 32MB
TDP 170W 170W 105W 105W
Max Socket Power 230W 230W 142W 142W
Max Current 225A 225A 170A 170A
Max Thermally-Limited Current 160A 160A 110A 110A
Boost Algorithm Precision Boost 2 Precision Boost 2 Precision Boost 2 Precision Boost 2
CCD Die size 70mm2 70mm2 70mm2 70mm2
CCD Transistor Count 6.5 billion 6.5 billion 6.5 billion 6.5 billion