AMD Ryzen 7 7700 vs Core i5-13600K: Which should you buy?

Today AMD allows PC hardware reviewers to reveal their own performance numbers for their newly announced low-power Ryzen 7000 processors, and today we’ll look at how the Ryzen 7 7700 performs against the Ryzen 7 7700X and Core i5-13600K. You can see my review of the Ryzen 9 7900 here.

The new Ryzen 7 7700 costs significantly less than the Ryzen 7 7700X, bringing it more in line with Intel’s Core i5-13600K. This is an importable move as the Core i5 generally bested the Ryzen 7700X in many benchmarks and at a lower price.

The 7700X and 7700 are the same in terms of cores (eight), threads (16) and cache amounts (8MB L2, 32MB L3). It is the TDP and frequencies that are different. It’s limited to just 65W cm compared to 105W for the 7700X, and this means a 200MHz drop in peak boost frequency and a 500MHz drop in all-core boost frequency, hitting 4.7GHz there instead of the 5.2GHz I saw with the 7700X .

However, by using PBO and automatic overclocking, it is easy to get the all-core boost back up to 5GHz, which is easy to do in the motherboard’s BIOS or in AMD Ryzen Master.

My test system is running the latest version of Windows 11 along with the latest drivers. I used an Asus ROG Strix X670E-E Gaming WiFi motherboard, 32GB 6000MHz G.SKill EXPO memory and an RTX 3070 graphics card.

Benchmarks

Below we can see that in Premiere Pro at least, there isn’t much to be gained by spending more on the X-series models, and the Ryzen 7 7700X also had the advantage over the Core i5-13600K.

AMD also had an advantage in Lightroom and Photoshop, and here the Ryzen 7 7700 could also outperform the Ryzen 9 7900, most likely due to its much higher all-core boost frequency.

Cinebench is where we start to see more power from the lower frequencies, with the Core i5-13600K offering better performance than the Ryzen 7 7700, and the latter also having a noticeably lower score than the 7700X.

The Core i5-13600K was significantly faster in the multi-threaded test with 24,268 compared to 18,476 for the Ryzen 7 7700, which was around 1,500 points lower than the 7700X.

Another multi-threaded test, HandBrake again saw the Core i5-13600K offer a better result than the Ryzen 7 7700, which was slightly slower than the 7700X, but not by much.

Below in Forza Horizon 5, and while there is some scaling overall, over the Ryzen 5 7600X there isn’t much of an advantage for the Ryzen 7 7700X over the 7700, although the Core i5-13600K did show a small boost, even with a relatively modest RTX 3070 graphics card – that head start would increase if you used something more powerful.

Far Cry 6 didn’t see much benefit from stepping up to the Ryzen 7 7700, but the Core i5-13600K was once again slightly faster.

Watch Dogs: Legion saw reasonable upscaling of the graph, but the Ryzen 7 7700 definitely sat just below the point where other elements were solid bottlenecks for the game. Above this, performance was similar, but it’s clear that with a typical mid-range/high-end graphics card like an RTX 3070 or higher, the Ryzen 7 7700 is likely to hamper performance a bit. The Ryzen 7 7700X on the other hand was better here, thanks to lower under-the-hood latency than the Ryzrn 9 7900X. Again, but there isn’t much to it.

Power consumption was surprisingly much lower, with the Ryzen 7 7700 shaving over 70W off the system power consumption of the Ryzen 7 7700X, and given that it is included in many tests, shows just how efficient AMD’s CPUs are at lower power limits. The Ryzen 7700 was also far easier to keep cool than the Ryzen 7 7700X and Core i5-13600K, with the latter drawing over 130W more power from the wall.

Conclusions

The Ryzen 7 7700 only needs modest cooling and can be tweaked to recover much of what has been lost, tighter power limits compared to the Ryzen 7 7700X. However, the latter has seen massive price cuts since launch and now sells for barely more than the Ryzen 7 7700 and can be had for under $350.

Given that the latter was noticeably faster in many tests, it’s undoubtedly worth the extra cash if the Ryzen 7 7700 ends up selling close to $329. The only exceptions will be if you are looking to save money, choose a cheaper cooler or are primarily concerned with cooling and power consumption.

The Core i5-13600K, in addition to being the same price, also has the advantage of cheaper motherboards and memory, making it a cheaper way to own a decent mid-range processor, which was also faster in a number of tests. However, the ot also runs hotter and uses significantly more power. However, the Ryzen 7 7700 is definitely worth considering, as a cool, power-saving midrange processor with decent performance in many tests.

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