It’s hard to recommend Ryzen 7000 after the launch of Raptor Lake

AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X is a release Best therapist I tested – and it’s not close. It might surprise you to find out considering I don’t recommend upgrading at the moment.

despite Ryzen 7000 A massive boost for AMD, higher prices, limited options for gamers, and the looming launch of Raptor Lake from Intel is now making the worst time to upgrade. Team Red may win the decades-old battle between AMD and Intel This generation, but it’s still too early to tell. There is no need to rush to upgrade now.

Raptor Lake looms

The CEO of Intel holds the Raptor Lake processor.

AMD decided to release Ryzen 7000 On the same day that Intel revealed Thirteenth generation Raptor Lake processors – and perhaps it wasn’t a great decision in hindsight. Although Raptor Lake is mostly an update to the previous generation, it delivers promising performance of Ryzen 7000 level or higher in many cases – and at a lower price.

It’s a strange transformation. Intel looks like the new AMD of this generation. Core i9-13900K is $110 cheaper than Ryzen 9 7950X, Intel’s numbers indicate that the processors will be highly competitive. Furthermore, Raptor Lake supports most Z690 motherboards, and you still have the choice between DDR4 and DDR5 (if you have a compatible motherboard). This saves more money for the overall upgrade.

At least, Lake Raptor is a reason to wait until the end of October to upgrade. The Ryzen 7000 is the fastest generation of CPU we’ve seen so far, but we’ll be taking a closer look at a new generation of CPU in a few weeks.

The Ryzen 7000 isn’t on sale right away, which is a good sign that the offering will continue to do well over the next few months. The worst thing that can happen is that you have some cheaper motherboard options. If the width diminishes, or if Lake Raptor is still a few months away, we’ll be in a different situation.

More than just a CPU

The Ryzen 9 7950X is connected to the motherboard.
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AMD Discounted prices on Ryzen 7000 Compared to the previous generation, but for now, those lower prices do little to offset the price of the upgrade right now. I’ve read reviews – DDR5 and a new motherboard make the upgrade more expensive than just the price of the CPU. But it is important to determine the context in which the motherboard and DDR5 will work.

At launch, the cheapest X670 motherboard I was able to find was $260. The cheapest DDR5-6000 memory with AMD EXPO — which AMD recommends for Ryzen 7000 CPUs — is $190. Right now, you’re spending more on a motherboard and RAM than the CPU itself if you buy anything less than the two Ryzen 9 offerings that AMD offers.

Prices will go down. AMD confident Ryzen 7000 Will Cut DDR5 PricesThe cheaper B650 boards will arrive in October. It’s a weird situation where prices will drop soon enough that now upgrading is actually wasting money.

3D V-Cache is a gear wrench

A person holding a Ryzen 7 5800X3D at a red light.
I should upgrade the 5700X to this, right? It would be totally worth it. Jacob Roach / Digital Trends

If you’re a gamer, the Ryzen 7000 is a poor upgrade right now. Sure, the Ryzen 9 7950X is The best gaming CPU Based on our current tests, but Ryzen 7 5800X3D It is just behind a hair. It is $300 cheaper. also, 3D V-Cache It works wonders for gamers, but unfortunately for AMD, it’s very good Not to be included in the latest generation.

Even if the Ryzen 7000 can offer a slight advantage — and in some games, it doesn’t — 3D V-Cache versions will likely take the gaming performance crown. AMD has confirmed that they will be releasing Ryzen 7000 CPUs with V-Cache, so at this point, it’s just a matter of how long players have to wait for them to arrive.

If you need to upgrade your CPU today, and you’re a gamer, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is your best bet. Not only is it cheaper based on the gaming performance you can achieve, but it also represents a lower total cost of the platform when you factor in the cost of the motherboard and RAM. You don’t get the latest and greatest like DDR5, but it doesn’t get it Offer a big boost in gaming In any case.

tough spot

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The Ryzen 7000 offers the best CPU performance we’ve seen so far, but waiting is the best option now. Generations with new memory standards, a new socket, and a host of new technologies always represent an expensive upgrade. But given how close we are to other launches, as well as current prices, being an early adopter of the Ryzen 7000 doesn’t look like it’s going to pay off.

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