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Ryzen 7 9700X outperforms 7700X in leaked benchmarks and shouldn’t be nearly as power hungry

Let's compare 9700X to last gen
Last Updated on July 9, 2024
Ryzen 7 9700X specs, source: AMD
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In case you’ve not been keeping up to date, AMD’s latest Ryzen 9000 series processors are going to be available later this month. While we have to wait a little while before getting some hands-on testing of our own, leaked benchmarks are now surfacing online for a number of SKUs, one being the 9700X.

We’ve already seen the 9700X boasting better single-core performance than Intel’s 14th Gen, but how does it compare to its Ryzen counterpart from last gen? Well, skipping by the APU-based 8000 series, we can now compare benchmarks for the 9700X and 7700X, and it looks like great news for next-gen – especially thanks to a much lower 65W TDP.

9700X is nearly 14% faster than 7700 in single-core benchmark

So, with benchmark results appearing online for the Ryzen 7 9700X, let’s see how it performed. The single-core and multi-core scores are in; below you’ll see it compared to last-gen’s 7700X CPU benchmark scores.

BenchmarkAMD Ryzen 7 9700XAMD Ryzen 7 7700X

Both are 8-core, 16-thread processors which are based on the AM5 socket. The 9900X boasts a max 5.5GHz clock speed compared to the 7700X’s 5.4GHz, not a huge difference, but it is reflected in the single-core performance, which is up just under 14% percent.

9700X offers a much lower TDP than 7700X unless

AMD Ryzen 9000 series processors specs and release window, source: AMD

As reflected in the table above, and AMD’s official announcement for the 9000 series, the 9700X will feature a modest 65W TDP. This is in stark comparison to the 7700X which has a less efficient 105W, making it harder to keep cool. If you’re the kind of person who values low temperatures without spending a fortune on high-end cooling solutions, this is a big selling point.

The only caveat is that AMD could be making a last-minute TDP change to the 9700X, but this doesn’t seem evident in these benchmarks just yet. The maximum frequency remains the same as what AMD first advertised – something that could see a boost as a result of power usage changes. We’ll have to keep an eye on further benchmarks for now, but it’s a promising start.

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