AMD is preparing the Ryzen 7 7700 for the midrange gaming market. The single-die CPU will feature eight cores and 16 threads with a single-core boost clock of 5.2-5.3GHz. Like most lower-end Ryzen SKUs, it’ll feature a TDP of 65W alongside 32MB of L3 cache. The 7700 will go up against the Intel Core i5-13600K, which is already faster than all the other Ryzen 7000 SKUs in gaming workloads.
Therefore to stay relevant, AMD will have to price this chip aggressively. An MSRP of $299 would be ideal, although there’s a good chance it’ll cost as much as $349. For comparison, the Core i5-13600K is priced at $329, and the Ryzen 7 7700X can be had for $399. Lastly, the Ryzen 5 7600X has a sticker price of $299. There’s a relatively slim price margin between the 7600X and the 7700X. Seeing how the Raptor Lake parts perform, a price cut across the Raphael lineup is the need of the hour.