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AMD Ryzen 5 7600X: Beheaded for the first time, amazing inner workings

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X: Beheaded for the first time, amazing inner workings

It has been about a month since AMD introduced the first Ryzen 7000 processors. Since then, customers have been able to choose between the Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X, and Ryzen 5 7600X models. As is often the case, the focus at launch was on the fastest CPUs. According to a recent video by Roman “der8auer” Hartung, the rather unspectacular entry-level model, the Ryzen 5 7600X, also has a surprise in store.

Ryzen 5 7600X beheaded

However, this does not refer to the performance values ​​of the processor; already exists since proper testing at launch – but on the internal workings of the CPU. Specifically, der8auer recently demonstrated on YouTube how the Ryzen 5 7600X can be freed (“decapitated”) from its heatsink with the updated version of the Delid-Die-Mate.

As soon as the heat sink was removed in the video, the built-in chips were visible. As expected, an I/O chip could be seen, which was compatible with not just one, but two CPU chipsets. Each chiplet has eight CPU cores. Actually, a single chip would have been enough for the Ryzen 5 7600X with its six cores.








Although the Ryzen 5 7600X only has six cores, two CPU chips with eight (possible) cores each are installed under the heatsink. However, only the chip on the right (in the image) is active.

Font: der8auer (Youtube)



The situation becomes even more unusual with der8auer’s previously decapitated Ryzen 7 7700X: it had eight cores but, appropriately enough, only one CCD. Now it would have been conceivable for AMD to install partially faulty chips and thus only get the required number of cores with two chipsets. In the video, however, only one of the two chipsets got hot, and HWInfo only mentioned a CCD. AMD apparently put two of the most expensive chips in the Ryzen 5 7600X, but actually only used one of them.

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One conceivable explanation for this would be a problem with the packaging, which made the second chip unusable. In addition, AMD could also have re-labeled higher quality chips later in order to be able to meet higher demand for Ryzen 5. In this case, the type of deactivation would be interesting: in the past, it was sometimes possible to recover deactivated cores through a patch. of software with such solutions. However, it is not clear if this would also be possible with the Ryzen 5 7600X. Also, what proportion of the corresponding CPUs have two chipsets cannot be said. Because with a high margin, most should only be delivered with a chiplet.

Font: der8auer (Youtube)