The AMD press kit:
Before starting our tests and getting into the heart of the matter, we wanted to come back to the components of the press kit received from AMD. As a reminder, we received a press kit containing a copy of the AORUS X670E Master motherboard, a memory kit compatible with GSKill’s EXPO technology, the Trident Z5 NEO 6000 MT/s CL30 and of course two processors, the Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 9 7950X. The full review of the motherboard is already online and the memory kit will also benefit from a dedicated article in the coming days.
AORUS X670E Master motherboard:
It is therefore a model from AORUS that we have received in order to test our different processors. This « Master” version » is a model often favoured by overclockers because it benefits from an excellent price/performance ratio. It benefits from a 16 + 2 + 2 phase power supply with 105A mosfets and is of course built around the X670E chipset. To the right of the new AM5 socket there are four slots for DDR5 memory modules.
Although the current specifications on the website indicate support for DDR5 up to 5200 MT/s, we have no problems with our GSKill 6000 MT/s CL30 kit. There is a 16x PCIe 5.0 slot and two M.2 PCIe 5.0 SSD slots out of the four available.
Finally, you should know that this AORUS X670E Master has overclocking tools integrated directly on the PCB. These include a debug LED, voltage measurement points and a Multy-Key that can be set in the BIOS to choose between RGB Switch, Direct-To-BIOS and Safe Mode. Finally, AORUS has added a PCIe EZ-Latch Plus button to this model to make it easier to remove your graphics card from its PCIe slot. Want to know everything about this Master? Then follow this link to the full review !
GSKill Trident Z5 NEO 6000 MT/s CL30 memory kit:
The kit in the AMD bundle is a GSKill Trident Z5 NEO compatible with the EXPO technology, which we will discuss in detail on the next page. Our kit is clocked at 6000 MT/s, has timings of 30-38-38-96 and requires a voltage of 1.35 volts to operate. It is composed of two 16 GB strips for a total of 32 GB.
No RGB on our version, but a black aluminium radiator with some grey touches, it’s sober and efficient. On the pictures below, you can see our two strips inserted on the X670E Master. Remember that there are two priority slots as indicated on the PCB (A2 and B2).
GSKill has announced that other kits will also be available, including the Flare X5 version. You can find in this brief the different kits that will be launched by GSKill and their characteristics.
Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 7 7700X processors:
Finally the processors. We have received a copy of the Ryzen R9 7950X which will be the flagship of the brand. As you can see, the packaging has been revised by AMD. The box of our Ryzen 9 7950X is bigger than the one of the Ryzen 7 7700X. However, no heatsink is present, it’s just marketing.
The box of our 7950X opens from the front to reveal the processor well protected in its plastic shell. As has been the case for years, a model sticker is available with the processor.
On our side, we managed to find a copy of the Ryzen 9 7900X as well as the Ryzen 5 7600X. Our aim is to bring you the full current range for this launch day!
So now you know what was in our AMD press kit. Let’s move on to the technical part of this new AMD Zen 4 architecture before starting our comparative tests against the previous generation of Ryzen 5000 and Intel Alder Lake processors.