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AMD’s most powerful graphics card, the Radeon RX 6000 series, has hit retail. Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled Edition asks for around 1,700 euros

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At the time of the announcement of the Radeon RX 6900 XT LC video card, AMD representatives said that this model will be produced in limited quantities and will be supplied only to system integrators and large PC builders. True, a few days later, the Radeon RX 6900 XT LC could already be bought in India, but the regions of Asia are known for their peculiar attitude towards official sales bans, and manufacturers, in turn, cannot do anything about such a feature of the eastern mentality. But now the Radeon RX 6900 XT LC has gone on sale in Europe, which already suggests that AMD has officially given the green light to retail sales of its most powerful graphics card.

The Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled Edition by PowerColor (in fact, it is a clone of the reference) is presented in the largest German store Mindfactory. They ask for 1750 euros for it. Also, the video card was listed in the local price aggregator Geizahls for 1680 euros. And, it should be noted, this is not very expensive: some variants of the Radeon RX 6900 XT with standard air cooling are more expensive.

AMD's most powerful graphics card, the Radeon RX 6000 series, has hit retail.  Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled Edition asks for around 1,700 euros

Recall that the Radeon RX 6900 XT LC is built on an overclocked version of the Navi 21 XTX GPU – Navi 21 XTXH. The difference is in higher frequencies: 2250-2435 versus 2015-2250 in the usual Radeon RX 6900 XT. Also, the Radeon RX 6900 XT LC received 18 GHz memory versus 16 GHz for the standard version. Finally, the TDP is increased by 30W to 330W.

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The Ryzen 9 7950X is far ahead of the Core i9-13900K, consuming significantly less power. Processors appeared in the OCCT database

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The Ryzen 9 7950X is far ahead of the Core

The OCCT benchmark database has been updated with the results of the already released Ryzen 9 7950X and the not yet released Core i9-13900K.

The Ryzen 9 7950X is far ahead of the Core i9-13900K, consuming significantly less power.  Processors appeared in the OCCT database

In this case, we are talking mainly about overclocked CPUs, and in this particular benchmark, the AMD flagship easily leads.

The best score for the Ryzen 9 7950X is 3073 points, there are also scores of 2633 and 2976 points. In this case, the CPU consumed from 196 to 218 watts.

The Core i9-13900K scores between 2247 and 2421 points while consuming 253 to 320 watts. That is, the result is significantly less, and energy consumption is much higher. Of course, this is just one benchmark, and it’s hard to say how accurate its consumption measurements are, but it’s worth remembering that the Ryzen 9 7950X consumes about the same level as the Core i9-12900K or even less, while the Core i9-13900K has more cores and runs on higher frequencies.

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Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler

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Yes the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot but the Ryzen

The Ryzen 7000 processors proved to be very productive, but also quite hot. Power consumption and temperatures have grown to about the level of Intel Alder Lake, and this affects the choice of cooling system. Can a regular AMD box cooler even handle a six-core Ryzen 5 7600X?

Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler

Despite the fact that this CPU has only six cores and power consumption in the range of 90 W, in many tests, even with liquid cooling, it heated up to 90 degrees and above. However, it turned out that everything is not so simple.

Our colleagues at TechSpot decided to try out the Wraith Spire cooler and were surprised by the results.

Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler

Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler

So, if you do not perform any manipulations with the CPU, then, for example, in Cinebench R23, a processor with a boxed cooler scores 5% less points than with a GSO due to a 3% drop in frequency. At the same time, the temperature rises from 93 to 101 degrees, that is, not so much, given the difference in performance between the coolers.

Also for the Ryzen 7000, you can activate Eco Mode, which reduces the power limit to 65 watts. This allows you to reduce the temperature by 7-16 degrees, depending on the cooler, and the performance drops by literally 1.5-4%. It is also possible to activate the PBO2 mode with reduced voltage, which results in a less significant decrease in temperature, but performance is even improved, albeit only by 2%. As for power consumption, it drops by 24% in Eco Mode.

Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler

In games, the situation is different. They do not load the processor so much, therefore, the power consumption in most cases is very modest (about 60-80 W), and temperatures rarely reach even 60 degrees, that is, they are in a completely normal range.

As a result, we can state that even a cooler of the Wraith Spire level is enough for stable operation of the Ryzen 5 7600X with an almost imperceptible decrease in performance and a not very significant increase in temperature. However, this raises questions about the temperature regime of the Ryzen 7000 as a whole, because the difference (in CPU heating) between a fairly simple air cooler and liquid CO turns out to be insignificant, and this is strange. Exactly what architectural features or settings of the Ryzen 7000 lead to operation at such high temperatures, even with LSO, is not yet clear. Especially when you consider the rather modest power consumption, because it turns out that the Ryzen 5 7600X heats up to 100 degrees, consuming only about 90 watts.

Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler

But it is also worth understanding that such a situation will only occur in a number of applications that can fully load all the CPU cores, while in the same games both temperature and power consumption do not raise questions.

If you still want to lower the processor temperature, you can activate Eco Mode, which has almost no effect on performance.

Separately, it is worth recalling the words of AMD itself regarding the temperature regime of the Ryzen 7000. The company did not go into details regarding the reasons, only mentioning the 5 nm process technology, but assured that 95 degrees for new CPUs are the norm. The processor will strive to increase the frequencies as much as possible, remaining within the same 95 degrees, regardless of the CO used. At the same time, this temperature is not dangerous for the CPU, and only at 105 degrees the throttling process is activated.

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Ryzen 7000 Thermal Grease Protection Introduced. Noctua NA-TPG1 Frame $8

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Ryzen 7000 Thermal Grease Protection Introduced Noctua NA TPG1 Frame 8

Ryzen 7000 processors have an unusually shaped cover, which is why applying thermal paste to CPU data has its own nuances.

Ryzen 7000 Thermal Grease Protection Introduced. Noctua NA-TPG1 Frame $8

Noctua decided to help buyers of such processors and introduced a special protection against excess thermal paste. The product is called NA-TPG1 and costs $8.

NA-TPG1 is just a plastic frame with a cutout in the shape of newer CPUs. It is enough just to put this frame on the processor before applying thermal paste and installing the cooler. If the thermal paste turns out to be more than necessary and the CO pressure squeezes it out, it will remain on the frame and will not get between the teeth of the CPU cover, from where it is quite difficult to remove.

Ryzen 7000 Thermal Grease Protection Introduced. Noctua NA-TPG1 Frame $8

NA-TPG1 is available on its own for $8, or bundled with NT-H1 or NT-H2 thermal pastes for $10 and $14 respectively.

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