CES 2023: AMD Announces More Affordable Ryzen 7000 CPUs & RX 7000 GPUs for Mobile

AMD unveiled its new Radeon RX 7000 GPUs for laptops and mainstream non-X Ryzen 7000 processors for desktops at CES 2023. The big takeaway for GPUs was what wasn’t announced, while more affordable Ryzen 7000 processors for AMD’s new AM5 platform could make it more appealing.

Bang for Your Buck
The Ryzen 9 7900, Ryzen 7 7700, and Ryzen 6 7600 are competitively priced products that lower the barrier to AMD’s AM5 platform. Despite lower (on-paper) power, in practice they are barely behind their X-siblings in gaming.

  • Non-X processors are $20-$45 less than their X counterparts
    • They also include a stock cooler
  • Their more powerful X counterparts & AMD’s AM5 socket arrived in September
    • DDR5 only
  • AMD announced the enthusiast-oriented Ryzen 9 7950X3D, 7900X3D, & 7800X3D will launch in February
Where Will Prices Go?
AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors are yet another sign of a CPU market that’s once again tilting toward buyers. This latest wave is a boost for AMD’s new AM5 socket, which has the built-in price disadvantage of both a new motherboard and DDR5 RAM. The future may even be better.
  • The $20 delta between the Ryzen 7 7700/7600 and their X counterparts is slim
  • AMD may have to lower prices to differentiate those products
Mainstream GPUs (for Laptops)
AMD also announced the Radeon RX 7000M and RX 7000S GPUs for notebooks. They will target 1080p Ultra settings and feature AV1 encoding and AMD’s upscaling solutions. AMD’s newest RDNA3 GPUs will face stiff competition from Nvidia’s full stack of RTX 40 series laptop GPUs, which was also revealed at CES 2023.
  • S models are the most power efficient
    • Aimed at ultrabook & other slim laptops
  • Same architecture as the RX 7900 X/XTX for desktop, which arrived last month
The big takeaway is that midrange desktop GPUs are still far off. Much like Nvidia, AMD is slow walking the release of more affordable video cards this generation, content to sell off last-generation stock first. Manufacturers and system integrators may unfortunately not have new mainstream GPUs until the holiday season.
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