AMD Ryzen 5 7500F review: a great value gaming CPU if you can get it

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AMD Ryzen 5 7500F review: a great value gaming CPU if you can get it

AMD’s current-generation Ryzen 7000 processors have proven to be some of the fastest gaming CPUs on the planet, but even the entry-level Ryzen 5 7600 and Ryzen 5 7600X CPUs are still a fairly big investment at $225/~£220 and $245/£240. Happily, there’s now an even cheaper model – the Ryzen 5 7500F – which cuts frequencies by a fairly insignificant 100MHz and drops the integrated graphics in exchange for a lower purchase price: $200 in the US or £255 in the UK with an A620 motherboard worth £80, working out to around £175 for the CPU itself.

British system builder AWD-IT is one of only a handful of retailers offering the chip – in a range of Ryzen 5 7500F plus motherboard bundles and pre-built systems – and they’ve graciously sent it over with its bundled AMD Wraith CPU cooler for us to test. We’ve now run it through our battery of game benchmarks and content creation workloads to see how it compares to a wide range of competitors, from the similarly-affordable Ryzen 5 7600X and Core i5 13400F to the high-end Ryzen 9 7950X3D, Ryzen 7 7800X3D and Core i9 14900K.

The question we want to answer here is simple: is there any convincing reason to choose the Ryzen 5 7600X or 7600 over the 7500F beyond broader retail availability? In previous Ryzen generations, the cheapest CPU at a given core count was often the best value option, but it’s sensible to test that assumption with these new Zen 4 parts.



The Ryzen 5 7500F sitting in our ASRock X670E Taichi motherboard. | Image credit: Digital Foundry

CPU design
Boost
Base
L3 cache
TDP
RRP

Ryzen 9 7950X3D
Zen 4 16C/32T
5.7GHz
4.2GHz
128MB
120W
$699/£699

Ryzen 9 7950X
Zen 4 16C/32T
5.7GHz
4.5GHz
64MB
170W
$699/£739

Ryzen 9 7900X3D
Zen 4 12C/24T
5.6GHz
4.4GHz
128MB
120W
$599/£599

Ryzen 9 7900X
Zen 4 12C/24T
5.6GHz
4.7GHz
64MB
170W
$549/£579

Ryzen 9 7900
Zen 4 12C/24T
5.4GHz
3.7GHz
64MB
65W
$429/£519

Ryzen 7 7800X3D
Zen 4 8C/16T
5.0GHz
4.2GHz
96MB
120W
$449/£375

Ryzen 7 7700X
Zen 4 8C/16T
5.4GHz
4.5GHz
32MB
105W
$399/£419

Ryzen 7 7700
Zen 4 8C/16T
5.3GHz
3.8GHz
32MB
65W
$329/£349

Ryzen 5 7600X
Zen 4 6C/12T
5.3GHz
4.7GHz
32MB
105W
$299/£319

Ryzen 5 7600
Zen 4 6C/12T
5.1GHz
3.8GHz
32MB
65W
$229/£249

Ryzen 5 7500F
Zen 4 6C/12T
5.0GHz
3.7GHz
32MB
65W
$200/£255*

*Includes A620 motherboard

As you can see from the table above, there’s very little separating the Ryzen 5 7500F and 7600, with a relatively modest step up to the 7600X from there. All told, the difference in quoted boost frequencies from the cheapest to most expensive six-core Ryzen CPU accounts for just 300MHz or just over five percent.

The cache configuration is also the same, and all three six-core Zen 4 CPUs support the same PCIe 5.0 devices (something not always a given, eg the Ryzen 5600G not supporting PCIe 4.0 due to its providence from laptop processors).

The 7600X also has a higher rated TDP, but can be set to the same 65W ‘eco’ setting as the 7500F if desired – while the 7500F can have its power limits maximised to match the 7600X. The 7500F also lacks integrated graphics, though this feature tends to remain unused on gaming-focused systems with discrete graphics cards.

For our testing, we’re using the same basic setup as our Ryzen 7800X3D review. That means G.Skill Trident Z5 Neo DDR5-6000 CL30 RAM and Asus’ RTX 3090 Strix OC. Cooling is provided by an Eisbaer Aurora 240mm AiO. Our motherboard for AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs is the ASRock X670E Taichi, while the Gigabyte Aorus Z790 Master takes care of our Intel CPUs.

For storage, we’re using a 4TB Lexar NM790 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD – benchmarking has certainly been improved by the recent drop in NVMe SSD prices. Our rig is completed with a 1000W Corsair RM1000x power supply. Testing was performed with the latest Windows updates (22H2) and BIOS revisions (F11) installed.

Before we get into the gaming benchmarks that make up pages two to four, let’s quickly run through some quick content creation benchmarks: a Cinebench R20 3D render and a Handbrake video transcode. These results are useful even in a gaming context as they set expectations for both single-core and multi-core performance in various scenarios.

Cinebench’s R20 single-thread benchmark shows results a touch over what we’d expect to see from frequency alone, with a six percent advantage for the 7600 over the 7500F and a 13 percent advantage for the 7600X over the 7500F.

Things are much closer in the multi-core stakes, with just a one percent lead for the 7600 over the 7500F while the 7600X leads the 7500F by just nine percent. Of course, we’d expect to see a much smaller gap than that in gaming, where not every CPU core and thread is utilised in a given moment – and particularly as resolutions climb and GPU load increases.

CB R20 1T
CB R20 MT
HB h.264
HB HEVC
HEVC Power Use

Ryzen 9 7950X3D
788
13807
95.73fps
40.70fps
232W

Ryzen 9 7950X
798
14837
105.15fps
45.10fps
368W

Ryzen 9 7900X
791
11324
79.38fps
33.77fps
288W

Ryzen 7 7800X3D
706
7108
52.99fps
23.14fps
190W

Ryzen 7 7700X
768
7894
56.69fps
25.95fps
266W

Ryzen 5 7600X
750
6063
44.35fps
20.28fps
236W

Ryzen 5 7600
706
5632
41.09fps
18.72fps
196W

Ryzen 5 7500F
665
5574
40.78fps
18.57fps
193W

Ryzen 9 5950X
637
10165
70.28fps
30.14fps
237W

Ryzen 7 5800X3D
546
5746
42.71fps
19.10fps
221W

Ryzen 7 5800X
596
6118
44.18fps
19.50fps
229W

Ryzen 5 5600X
601
4502
31.75fps
14.43fps
160W

Core i9 14900K
896
15962
103.12fps
41.20fps
433W

Core i5 14600K
800
9349
62.68fps
27.29fps
288W

Core i9 13900K
873
15570
104.67fps
41.20fps
473W

Core i5 13600K
767
9267
62.37fps
26.44fps
254W

Core i9 12900K
760
10416
70.82fps
29.26fps
373W

Core i7 12700K
729
8683
57.64fps
25.67fps
318W

Core i5 12600K
716
6598
44.27fps
19.99fps
223W

Core i5 12400F
652
4736
31.77fps
14.70fps
190W

Core i9 11900K
588
5902
41.01fps
18.46fps
321W

Core i5 11600K
541
4086
29.00fps
13.12fps
250W

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It’s a similar story in the Handbrake video transcode test, where our sample file is converted again nine percent faster on the 7600X than the 7500F in both H.264 and H.265 encodes, with the 7500F and 7600 within margin of error of each other. The increase in frequency is reflected in slightly higher power consumption on the higher-tier parts, with total system power peaking at 193W with the 7500F, 196W with the 7600 and 236W with the 7600X.

Now, let’s get into the meat and potatoes of our testing – a range of games and scenes that test your CPU in different ways. Pick out your favourite titles from the links below or just hit the next page button to continue.

AMD Ryzen 5 7500F analysis

Article source https://www.eurogamer.net/digitalfoundry-2023-amd-ryzen-5-7500f-review

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