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AMD Ryzen 7 7700 processor, different from the X, supposedly has 8 cores and a TDP of 65W.

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All Ryzen 7000 desktop processors released so far, including mid-range models such as the 7700X or 7600X, have a default TDP of at least 105W. That's a significant increase over the Zen3 architecture-based 5700X or 5600X models. However, it looks like AMD may still release a 65W model.

According to a short post by @momomo_us, AMD is working on a Ryzen 7 7700 processor, differentiated from the X. The coded message refers to 8 cores and 65W TDP, which is already much less power than the 8-core 105W 7700X.

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The leak doesn't provide any additional details such as clock speeds or where the part was actually discovered, but it's clear that AMD needs this processor now more than ever. With the launch of the 13th generation Core "Raptor Lake" series, AMD can definitely add more budget 6/8-core processors.

It's worth recalling that the rumored Ryzen 7 7700 non-X is not the only new processor expected from AMD. More than likely, the company will introduce the 7000X3D series with 3D V-Cache early next year. This technology, already demonstrated in the Zen3-based 5800X3D, has proven useful in gaming. If the same boost happens with the Ryzen 7000 series, AMD could quickly reclaim the crown  of performance.