Attention Overclockers: Don’t Buy a Ryzen 2700X!
Why do I have to be so torn!?! The AMD Ryzen 2700X released today and every indicator shows that AMD has done a fantastic job. They haven’t overplayed the strengths, the performance is solid, and the pricing is amazing. In fact, even overclocking is better than it’s EVER been in history. So why on earth would I call overclockers to avoid buying the latest CPU from AMD?
The reviews that dive into manual overclocking show that AMD has accomplished something that is both incredibly exciting, and very heart breaking. If you don’t like the idea of risking damage to your CPU, then Ryzen 2nd gen gives you the perfect option to overclock without actually overclocking. XFR 2 works incredibly well, and very easily. If you want to overclock your 2700X to 4.2 GHz, buy a 240MM liquid cooler and call it good. If the cooling is strong enough, you’ll likely see clock speeds in the upper range all day, across all cores. If you enjoy the benefits of manually overclocking your system though, Tom’s Hardware showed how pointless it seems to be in their review of the 2700X. While 4.3 GHz was possible, the voltage required was much higher than they felt comfortable with on long term use. Also, they where using an Eiszeit 2000 Chiller! The extra power consumption and heat only adds up to around the max clock speed of the stock settings, giving no merit to the extra time it takes for manual overclocking.
As an avid overclocker, this is both great news, and sad news to report. On one hand, I’m so excited to know that builders everywhere can benefit from higher clock speeds, and for the most part all they have to do is purchase a better performing CPU cooler. On the other hand, I feel like I’m waving goodbye to my childhood home as the moving van drives away. What should you do if you want Ryzen and want to overclock? Grab a 2700 or an 1800X with an X470 motherboard! Let us know how you feel in the forums and don’t forget to check out Tom’s full review at the link below!