AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Intel Raptor Lake: which CPU generation should you get?

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AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Intel Raptor Lake

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The battle of AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Intel Raptor Lake is heating up. The end of the year is approaching with Ryzen 7000 confirmed to release later this month and Raptor Lake, seemingly, not too far behind.

Both processor generations are geared up for PCIe 5.0 compatibility and DDR5 support, but with very different approaches. We’re contrasting both upcoming chipset families against each other to arm you with all you need to know.

Intel Raptor Lake, the 13th Gen, is an evolution of the existing microarchitecture built upon LGA 1700. This is the same socket that housed Alder Lake last year, as the Hybrid system is once again in use.

A mixture of P-cores and E-cores are in use for more consistent performance for gaming and general navigation. The former is used for processor-intensive tasks with the latter handling the lighter loads.

AMD Ryzen 7000 series, however, is an all-out reimagining forged for the AM5 (LGA 1718) socket. The new Zen 4 architecture is taking full advantage of a 5nm node chipset.

This is in direct contrast to Intel’s latest line which is still built on 10mn, codenamed Intel 7. AMD has continued to get smaller, which results in the latest line having far higher TDPs, higher clock speeds, and stronger single-threaded performance.

AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Intel Raptor Lake: at a glance

  • PCIe 5.0 support
  • DDR5 RAM
  • Gen 5 SSD support
  • 5.0+ GHz clock speeds
  • Higher TDPs

Both the latest processor generations made by AMD and Intel are purpose-built for PCIe 5.0, the new bandwidth standard. This means support for NVMe Gen 5.0 SSDs, with around a 60% increase in speeds over the previous generation. More crucially, though, is the future-proofing which comes with far more overhead needed for data transfer.

The largest advantage of PCIe 5.0 is access to DDR5 RAM, which both processors will support. Alder Lake was first with this adoption, with Intel’s chipset family once again supporting older DDR4 memory, too. You won’t have to replace your existing Z690, H670, or B660 motherboard for either memory type. This is in direct contrast to AMD, however, as the Ryzen 7000 line will only support DDR5 as standard.

AMD Ryzen 7000 AM5 motherboards
Newly unveiled AM5 socket motherboards made by MSI. (Image Credit: MSI)

AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Intel Raptor Lake: motherboards

Those Ryzen faithful looking to try and save a few bucks with the cheaper and more accessible DDR4 gaming RAM are out of luck. The good news on this front, though, is that prices for DDR5 memory modules have come down considerably, so that should ease the sting, somewhat.

There’s a wide range of AM5 motherboards coming at, or around, the launch window of Ryzen 7000. This includes the higher-end X670 and X670E variants, and the budget-orientated B650 and B650E, too. There’s a serious power draw of the upcoming TDP wattage with AMD’s chipsets as performance doesn’t come without a lot of juice.

It’s been confirmed that the highest-end 7950X will have a default TDP of 170W. By contrast, the rumored power draw of Raptor Lake is estimated to be 125W. This creates the question of what the thermal loads could look like, as one credible leaker, Enthusiast Citizen posted an alleged early thermal report. Should this information be correct, AMD’s flagship CPU will run at a scorching 95 degrees when pushed to 230W.

Higher TDP means advanced cooling is needed, as a lot of heat is generated. Those gamers looking to overclock their systems are going to need one of the best CPU coolers available.

AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Raptor Lake: performance

While we do not yet know how Raptor Lake will perform from official sources, we are now aware of the prowess of the Zen 4 chipsets. Contrasting the entry-level 7600X against the Core i9-12900K demonstrates the advantages of shrinking the silicon. AMD’s newest mainstream CPU has an 11% lead on the best that team blue has to offer and that cannot be understated.

The disparity between the current Hybrid architecture and the upcoming Zen 4 becomes even greater when weighing the 7950X up against the best of Alder Lake. The figure jumps to a 62% advantage owing to AMD’s internal benchmarking against the i9-12900K with the yet-to-be-released chipset coming out on top considerably.

While we’re expecting Intel Core 13th Gen to close the gap considerably, it’s unknown whether Raptor Lake will surpass Zen 4 at this point in time. We’ll have updated information to share with you the closer we come to the release of both chipsets.

Ryzen 7000 CPUs
AMD Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs. Every chipset model launching on September 27 (Image Credit: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Raptor Lake: Which will be cheaper?

We now know the model names and prices for the Ryzen 7000 series. Four processors will launch on September 27. These are:

  • Ryzen 5 7600X ($299)
  • Ryzen 7 7800X ($399)
  • Ryzen 9 7900X ($549)
  • Ryzen 9 7950X ($699)

What’s most competitive about the Ryzen 7000 line is how the prices have stayed consistent since the previous generation, as the 5600X also launched at the same $299 price point, too. The new mainstream chip, therefore, remains at the same rate. It’s the same story when evaluating the Ryzen 7 chipset, in which the new 7800X will launch at the same price that the 5800X did.

The most consumer-friendly move made on AMD’s part, though, is the choice to drop the rate of its flagship processor by $100. This means that the Ryzen 9 7950X, which while still pricey, is considerably cheaper than its 5000 series equivalent was two years ago.

Estimated pricing for Raptor Lake:

  • Intel Core i5-13600K ($299)
  • Intel Core i7-13700K ($420)
  • Intel Core i9-13900K ($620)

These are the launch prices for the previous Intel generation and are likely to be the asking rates for Raptor Lake. Should these figures be accurate, then the 13th Gen i5 CPU could be a competitive option against the Ryzen 5 7600X. The latter two processors, however, could be a touch more expensive than what AMD is offering. This wouldn’t be the first time that Team Blue has asked for more of a premium price, however, as this was the case when comparing Rocket Lake (11th Gen) to Zen 3 at launch, too.

Which will be faster out of Ryzen 7000 and Intel Core 13th Gen?

From a raw clock speed perspective, it’s been reported by Videocardz that Raptor Lake can reach 6 GHz. The source demonstrates that a 16-core CPU, likely to be the Intel Core i7-13700K, is pushing this clock speed.

By comparison, we know that the new Ryzen line is optimized for speeds up to 5.7 GHz in official benchmarks by AMD. However, nothing has stated anything close to 6 GHz or upwards yet. Should the leaks hold ground, this would mean that Raptor Lake is technically faster. However, judging from the benchmarks we’ve already seen ahead of Team Red’s release later this month, it remains to be seen in practice.

Will there be pre-orders for Ryzen 7000 and Raptor Lake?

Ryzen 7000 is releasing in September, and Intel doesn’t come too far behind. Pre-orders can help you get in early and avoid disappointment. Because of this, we’re keeping an eye on where to buy Ryzen 7000. What’s more, here’s everything we know about Intel Core 13th Gen price.