On the face of it the Ryzen 7 7700X is maybe the least exciting of all the new Zen 4 processors AMD has just released.

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The Ryzen 9 7950X (opens in new tab) has the benefit of being cheaper and faster than its predecessor

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 and comes rocking the highest thread count of any chip out there. And the Ryzen 5 7600X is the highest clocked mainstream CPU around and is just $299.

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But an $399 eight-core, 16-thread CPU in 2022 seems kinda passé.

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Which is why AMD made a big deal out of jamming a freakish amount of extra L3 cache into its Ryzen 7 5800X3D (opens in new tab) earlier this year.

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 The addition of 3D V-cache made that Zen 3 CPU the fastest AMD gaming CPU ever

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even if it was just sporting the same essential cores and core count as the standard Ryzen 7 5800X (opens in new tab).

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And yet just five months later here we are with the Ryzen 7 7700X outperforming it almost across the board, even in most games.

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In some gaming cases it will actually match the top-end $700 Ryzen 7000-series CPU

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In some gaming cases it will actually match the top-end $700 Ryzen 7000-series CPU

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