AMD launches Ryzen 7 8700F and Ryzen 5 8400F "Hawk Point" CPUs: budget processors lacking iGPUs


What just happened? Following a massive leak earlier this week, AMD has officially launched its first two "Hawk Point" processors for budget gaming rigs. The Ryzen 7 8700F and Ryzen 5 8400F were originally released in China earlier this year and are now available in the US from leading e-commerce outlets like Amazon, Newegg, and B&H. Both the chips are aimed at gamers on a budget and come with relatively affordable price tags.

While the 8700F is priced at $269, the 8400F costs just $169. However, the affordability comes with a compromise, as they miss out on the integrated graphics found on the Ryzen 8000G processors. For example, the Ryzen 7 8700G comes with an integrated RDNA 3 chip with 16 Compute Units, making it a better option for casual gamers who'd rather not invest in a discrete GPU.

The Ryzen 7 8700F and the Ryzen 5 8400F are both based on the Zen 4 architecture, but while the former comes with 8 cores and 16 threads, the latter features 6 cores and 12 threads. Both are compatible with AMD's existing AM5 socket and have unlocked multipliers to facilitate overclocking. In terms of specifications, the 8700F has a base clock of 4.

1 GHz and a boost clock of 5 GHz, both of which are marginally lower than that of the Ryzen 7 8700G. Other notable features of the 8700F include 8MB of L2 cache, 16MB of L3 cache, and a 45-65W configurable TDP. It also comes with AI capabilities, thanks to the built-in 16 TOPS XDNA NPU.

As for the 8400F, it has a 4.2 GHz base clock and 4.7 GHz.