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AMD Ryzen 2700X Overclocking, a Giant Question Mark

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Posted April 17, 2018 by Josh Jackson in CPU & Motherboards

We all make mistakes in the writing world, especially if we write a lot every week. In fact, I just made a mistake in my video coverage that I can’t simply undo now. Recently, I saw an article claiming that a 2700X managed to reach 4.35 GHz with a liquid cooler. The problem was the original article was in a foreign language, and the actual overclocking results weren’t quite that high.

Just to clarify, I’m not naming names on the false information since I believe in giving everyone a break. Using the translate feature from Google Chrome, I was able to pull this excerpt from the review article on elchapuzasinformatico.com, which was the source of the original information.

As we see in the previous captures, we have managed to reach 4.29 GHz , although they are not stable and we will have to “settle” with 4.19 GHz , which is not bad for all the cores, although using a voltage of 1.456v

Needless to say, 4.19 GHz isn’t nearly as exciting as 4.35 GHz. In fact, that result is slightly disappointing in comparison to the previous generation of Ryzen. If this ends up being the norm, we may only see an additional 100-200 MHz clockspeed gain at best. Considering the 4.35 GHz hopes, this would be a huge let down! Ah, but we haven’t read the whole story yet. There’s another important detail that might clue us in as to why this overclock seems lower than it should be.

That’s the components list used for the test system. Needless to say, I haven’t heard of an ECI motherboard before, but considering that I translated a page using Google, I won’t put a lot of stock in that being a legit brand name either. It could be a generic nomenclature to protect the NDA of the motherboard manufacturer. Regardless, it’s extremely possible that this motherboard doesn’t have a beefy enough VRM to push higher clockspeeds. Of course the image included had everything blurred out on the components except the graphics card and the cooling block. This brings up a huge question. Why go through the trouble of hiding the motherboard, but go ahead and leak an early review of Ryzen? I can’t say for sure, but it could be as simple as a pre-order getting sent on accident ahead of schedule.

At this point, my expectations for higher clockspeeds are certainly curbed a little with the Ryzen 2700X. I don’t want to put too much faith into the motherboard being sub-par, but the possibility of seeing better results with an Aorus X470 Gaming 7 or Asrock X470 Taichi seem pretty good as well. Even if overclocking misses my expectations, overall performance is looking good for a refresh such as this. Ryzen 2nd Gen will probably be more for the builder who waited until now, versus the ones who already bought Ryzen 1st Gen.

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