AMD Ryzen 7 9700X Gets Last-Minute TDP Boost, Could Rival Ryzen 9

The AMD Ryzen 7 9700X might be getting a surprise power boost, potentially raising its TDP to 120W and matching the Ryzen 9 9900X in performance.

AMD Ryzen 7 9700X Might Get a Power Boost Before Launch

AMD seems to be planning a last-minute change for its upcoming Ryzen 7 9700X processor, potentially boosting its performance. Sources suggest AMD might increase the chip's TDP (Thermal Design Power) from 65 Watts to 120 Watts.


This change is noteworthy because AMD had previously stated that their older Ryzen 7000X3D chips would outperform the new Ryzen 9000 series in gaming. The initial 65W TDP of the 9700X seemed to support this claim, placing it in a lower power segment.

A 120W TDP would put the Ryzen 7 9700X on par with the powerful Ryzen 9 9900X, potentially closing the performance gap. However, it's unclear if this TDP increase will also come with higher clock speeds.

This potential change would make the 9700X more power-hungry than its predecessor, the Ryzen 7 7700X (105W). It will be interesting to see how the 9700X's performance and power consumption compare to both its predecessor and its higher-tier counterparts.

The news comes as Zen 5, AMD's latest CPU architecture, continues to impress. The Ryzen 9 9950X has shown significant performance gains over the previous generation. Even Zen 5 laptop chips are exceeding expectations, rivaling desktop performance in some benchmarks. Furthermore, the release of Zen 5 CPUs with 3D V-cache technology is on the horizon, promising even greater performance boosts.

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