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Should the 7900X be too costly and draw too much power for your tastes, you can trim both issues if you buy a Ryzen 9 7900. The new non-X variant of the 7900 is expected shortly, and it brings similar specs but with a clear focus on efficiency.
Along with the other, newly arriving, non-X CPUs from AMD, the 7900 offers the same core and thread counts as its X-series counterpart. So you’ll get 12 cores and 24 threads, allowing for fine performance, but now at less of a cost both monetarily and in power.
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The new 7900 has a confirmed base clock of 3.7GHz – that’s -1GHz compared to the 7900X – but with a boost clock of 5.4GHz (just -0.2GHz less). That’s impressive considering that, as with all non-X CPUs, the 7900 has a TDP of just 65W. In the 7900 though, that’s a massive 105W less!
So if you’re looking to buy a Ryzen 9 7900, you’ll be buying a highly-capable, far more efficient, and cheaper CPU (its expected MSRP is $429 – that’s $120 less) than the 7900X. And these are the links you need to keep an eye on.
AMD Ryzen 9 7900 – expected buy links
When will the Ryzen 9 7900 come out?
The Ryzen 9 7900 is expected to arrive alongside the Ryzen 7 7700 and Ryzen 5 7600, on January 10th. This is the day stated by AMD at CES 2023 as the expected release date of the Ryzen non-X. All three CPUs should arrive, providing you with a greater array of options to consider for any AM5 build.
The Ryzen 9 will certainly stick to the key themes of the non-X range, being far more power efficient and far cheaper (at MSRP) than the 7900 X. If you’re looking to buy the Ryzen 9 7900, you should make a decent saving on what is usually the most expensive parts for any system when compared to the 7900X. Yes, you’ll lose some performance, but performance per watt will be improved.
Ryzen 9 7900 specs
|CPU||Architecture||Cores||Threads||Base speed||Boost speed||Cache||TDP|
|Ryzen 9 7900||Zen 4||12||24||3.7GHz||5.4GHz||76MB||65W|
|Ryzen 9 7900 X||Zen 4||12||24||4.7GHz||5.6GHz||76MB||170W|