AMD Ryzen 7 7700X vs Ryzen 7 5700X: Which is the best gaming CPU?

The Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 7 5700X are some of the best mid-range gaming CPUs (Image via Amazon)
The Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 7 5700X are some of the best mid-range gaming CPUs (Image via Amazon)

The Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 7 5700X continue to be the hottest CPUs in the mid-range offerings from Team Red. These eight-core chips are a great mix of affordability and high-end performance. Both CPUs have their sets of pros and cons, making them equally lucrative options. Given how good they are at gaming, you'll have to consider a bunch of factors before making a choice.

This article will list all the specs and performance differences between them so you can make an informed decision.


Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 7 5700X are some of the best mid-range gaming CPUs

Newer Ryzen 7000 series CPUs bring better gaming performance (Image via Amazon)
Newer Ryzen 7000 series CPUs bring better gaming performance (Image via Amazon)

The 7700X and 5700X are based on different architectures. While the newer Ryzen 7000 series processor is powered by the more efficient and capable 5 nm Zen 4 technology, the older chip uses the 7 nm Zen 3 architecture.

A head-to-head specs comparison between them won't be accurate since they differ in power efficiency and Instructions Per Clock (IPC). However, the specs sheet can give you an idea of what to expect.


Specs comparison

At their core, the Ryzen 7 7700X and 5700X are slightly different chips. In the last generation, AMD launched the Ryzen 7 5800X, while the 5700X was a slightly cut-down version. This time around, the 7700X is the only processor launched in this segment.

The main difference between them is the power rating. While the 5700X is rated at 65W, the 7700X will draw up to 105W at full load. Other than this, the newer chip also boosts higher than the last generation.

The detailed specs list is as follows:

Ryzen 7 7700XRyzen 7 5700X
Architecture
5nm Zen 4
7 nm Zen 3
Socket
AM5
AM4
Cores
8
8
Threads
16
16
Base clock
4.5 GHz
3.4 GHz
Boost clock
5.4 GHz
4.6 GHz
L3 cache
32 MB
32 MB
TDP
105W
65W
Price$285$168

Both processors have been handsomely discounted from their launch MSRPs. However, the price difference between them is significant. While the 7700X is available at $285, you can pick up the 5700X for a bargain of $168.

Read more: 5 GPUs to pair with AMD Ryzen 7 7700X


Performance comparison

The AMD Ryzen 7 5700X continues to be a decent gaming chip (Image via Techinn)
The AMD Ryzen 7 5700X continues to be a decent gaming chip (Image via Techinn)

In terms of computing prowess, the Ryzen 7 7700X and 5700X differ by a considerable margin. The gap is more noticeable in synthetic tests. The 7700X takes a massive 32% lead in Cinebench R23 single-core performance. In multi-core performance, the gap is 36%.

The detailed performance difference between the chips is as follows. The data has been sourced from the benchmark score aggregator website Nanoreview.


AMD Ryzen 7 7700XAMD Ryzen 7 5700X
Cinebench R23 single-core1,976
1,496
Cinebench R23 multi-core19,035
13,967
Geekbench 6 single-core2,982
2,166
Geekbench 6 multi-core15,962
10,313

Gaming performance

Given both the Ryzen 7 7700X and 5700X are gaming processors, a more relevant test would be a direct FPS test in some of the latest video games. The chart below is a test of how many frames each CPU could generate when paired with an RTX 3090. The data has been sourced from the YouTube channel Benchmark PC Tech.

Ryzen 7 7700XRyzen 7 5700X
Hitman 3 (1080p)332304
Total War: Three Kingdoms (1080p)147143
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1080p)262262
Witcher 3 (1080p)288285
Cyberpunk 2077 (1080p)127126
Cyberpunk 2077 (1440p)9186
Cyberpunk 2077 (4K)4848
Far Cry 5 (1440p)180145
Battlefield V (1080p)259233

The difference between the chips is almost non-existent at lower resolutions like 1080p. If you have a capable 1440p or 4K gaming rig, opting for the newer chip might be worth it. However, if you are planning a budget rig for about $1,000 to $1,500, the more powerful chip won't help you.

The Ryzen 7 7700X is the better option in CPU-intensive productive workloads and if you want to do loads of file uncompression on your system.


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Edited by Siddharth Satish
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