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AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, and 1700 Processor Review

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AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, and 1700 Processor Conclusion:

After running through the testing and spending some quality time with the Ryzen R7 1800X, R7 1700X, and the R7 1700, I can't get Aerosmith's song "Back in the Saddle" out of my head! It's been a while since the AMD faithful had something to really get excited about. Not since the A64 days has there been this much excitement around an AMD processor. By taking the clean slate approach, AMD has hit a home run. The company did the deep dive to really get to the root of its problems internally, how to move forward, and then deliver a processor that can compete with an Intel offering. Compete, not just occupy space as a low cost option.

When it comes to performance, the R7 1800X, R7 1700X, and R7 1700 all deliver exceptional performance. Not only when you compare against AMD's own FX previous generation CPU's, but against Intel's new Kaby Lake Core i7 7700K and Haswell-E 8C/16T Core i7 5960X. In heavy multi-threaded workloads, the Ryzen processors provide comparable or better performance across the board. In single threaded applications, the boost clock speeds drive performance to comparable levels when the core clock speeds are not too far apart. The Core i7 7700K at 4.9GHz is still going to outperform the R7 1800X at 4GHz single threaded. Where Summit Ridge shines is in that multi-threaded workload environment. Single threaded performance is not bad to say the least, especially when you compare to the FX line up. It's safe to say AMD hit its performance targets.

Getting a bit more performance out of this trio of R7 Ryzen chips was fairly simple. Using AMD's Ryzen Master application was pretty much a one stop shop when it came to boosting clock speeds. The manufacturers' tools were just simple to use, resulting in easy to attain stable overclocks. AMD offers plenty of granularity when it comes to boosting core clock speed by breaking down the base core clock multiplier ratios into fourths, giving you 25MHz increments rather than jumping 100MHz at a time. Overclocking did not boost the single threaded results by large margins on the R7 1800X, but on the lower boost clock chips I saw some performance increases. When you push the all core overclocks, the performance scaled very well. The only disappointment for me was I did not reach the "majority" 4.2 to 4.3GHz all core overclocks. Best case scenario I was between 4.0GHz on the R7 1700X and 4.1GHz on the R7 1700. Could it be a limit on the board? No telling until I put the chips in the ASUS Crosshair Hero and MSI Titanium X370 boards to validate the clock speed results.

Moving to a new platform and DDR4 memory only helps improve memory and cache bandwidth performance. Gaming performance has always been big for AMD and it once again has a platform that delivers a great gaming experience that only gets tighter as the resolution scales up to 4K. I found gaming to be exceptionally smooth with the Intel systems and the Ryzen platform to be equally smooth, while the FX platform was less so while gaming. Again, a major step forward for AMD.

The performance and platform are great, but what really drove the point home to Intel over the past week or so was the widely publicized benchmark results shown by AMD. It has something to talk about and wants everyone to know about it. For good reason! So much so that before Ryzen was actually available for purchase (not counting pre-orders), Intel took the drastic step of dropping pricing across its line up to try and maintain some market share. AMD hit Intel where it hurts. Price point. At one poiint over the past week, AMD systems and Ryzen processors were the most ordered parts. That says something about the folks waiting for the brand to step up and deliver exceptional performance.

Pricing on the R7 1800X comes in at $499, easily 50% cheaper than the comparable 8C/16T Core i7 6900K. The R7 1700X is available at $399 and hits at the Core i7 6800K, and the $329 R7 1700 is targeted at the Core i7 7700K. Any way you go, you get a fully unlocked core and eco system to play with for less money. The wait is over and it was well worth it! GYSOT!

 

Pros:

  • Performance
  • Overclocking
  • Perf per watt
  • Pricing
  • New platform
  • Improved single thread performance
  • DDR4

 

Cons:

  • Did not go higher than 4.1GHz


 

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