AMD Ryzen 9 7900X/7950X to Feature a Base TDP of 170W and a Boost of 230W [Rumor]

AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7000 CPUs might have a base TDP of 170W at the higher end, a departure from the 105W spec of the Matisse and Vermeer lineups. Keep in mind that this denotes the power consumption of the processors at the base clock, akin to Intel’s PL1 rating. The boost power consumption (PL2 in Intel lingo) is going to top out at 230W (170*1.35).

According to @kopite7kimi, all the Ryzen 9 79x0X SKUs will have a base TDP of 170W at the stock voltage, indicating that the flagship Raphael chip may very well draw 230W (or more) under load. This is a step up from the sub-150W power limits of the existing Ryzen 5000 parts, and more in line with Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake offerings (though still not quite as much). AMD has already promised boost clocks of 5.5GHz, with tipsters pointing to peak single-core clocks of up to 5.8GHz+ so we know where those extra watts are going.

The Ryzen 7000 CPUs are set to launch in mid-September, starting with the Ryzen 7 7600X, Ryzen 7 7800X, Ryzen 9 7900X, and the 7950X. These Zen 4 parts are expected to bring an IPC gain of up to 10%, a single-threaded boost of over 15%, and an overall multi-threaded uplift of over 40%. The AM4 platform set to debut later this year will leverage the next-gen memory and I/O standards, thereby promoting the commercialization of mainstream DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5 SSDs.

The Computex processor was a 16-core prototype sample not yet fused to specific power/TDP values, but it was operating in a range below the new 170W TDP group we’ve developed. It’s a conservative figure.

Robert Hallock at Reddit


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