AMD Ryzen 7 5700X Review: A Price Cut Disguised as a New Chip

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The eight-core 16-thread $299 AMD Ryzen 7 5700X comes to market as a slightly modified yet lower-cost version of its predecessor, the $335 Ryzen 7 5800X, but it offers nearly the same gaming and application performance after a bit of no-hassle tuning. The 5700X debuts as part of AMD’s newest line of seven Ryzen 5000 models that are designed to shore up the company’s rankings in CPU benchmarks and retake its position on the Best CPUs for gaming list. That’s a critical need after Intel’s Alder Lake upset the Ryzen lineup with a better blend of both pricing and performance. 

The Ryzen 7 5700X leverages the same Zen 3 architecture and 7nm process as its counterparts and drops into the existing ecosystem of AM4 motherboards. Its predecessor, the 5800X, has always been an oddly-positioned chip, with its price point making it the lone Ryzen 5000 processor that didn’t make much sense for just about anyone due to competing products from both Intel and AMD. In fact, the 5800X’s positioning was so poor, and the Ryzen 7 5700X’s absence so conspicuous, that we asked where the 5700X was right in the title box of our original review (seen below). 

Ryzen 7 5700X

Our Ryzen 7 5800X review lamented the missing Ryzen 7 5700X. (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

It took AMD eighteen months, but it has now finally released the Ryzen 7 5700X. It’s certainly late, though. As we explained in our 5800X review back in 2020, AMD really needed the ‘missing’ Ryzen 7 5700X to plug the big pricing gap in its product stack and make it easier for its customers to jump from Ryzen 5 to Ryzen 7 instead of buying an Intel processor.

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