There is a rumour circulating the interwebs which purports to provide the details on AMD’s upcoming Raphael CPUs and the specs are rather impressive. If true, you should expect to see the top end Ryzen 9 7950X be able to hit a boost clock of 5.7GHz on it’s 16 cores and 32 threads, with a base clock of a mere 4.5GHz. The Ryzen 9 7900X’s boost will be 100MHz slower at 5.6GHz but the base will be a more impressive 4.7GHz on it’s 12 cores. The two top end Raphael chips are both rated at 170W TDP, somewhat toasty but not as hard to cool as the rumours suggest a certain other company’s product will be, unless the T in TDP stands for theoretical.
The other two SKUs will be the Ryzen 7 7700X with eight cores running 5.4GHz boost, 4.5GHz base and the Ryzen 5 7600X with six cores with the same 5.4GHz boost but a higher 4.7GHz base clock. These two chips are much more easy to cope with, producing a mere 105W TDP. In all four cases you will see larger L3 and L2 caches than the current generation of Ryzen offers, up to 64MB of L3 and 16MB of L2 cache on the 7950X.
Raphael seems to focus more on frequency that core count, something we look forward to testing the effectiveness of. The Register links to the original WCCFTech story, as well as adding their own flavour in this news piece.
Wasn’t it Donatello that was the techie?
AMD's Ryzen 7000 desktop processors will reportedly top 5.7 GHz in the case of the Zen giant's top-of-the-line 7950X, when they launch later this quarter.