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AMD Ryzen 7 CPU Series Review: 1800X, 1700X and 1700

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Posted March 20, 2017 by Josh Jackson in CPU & Motherboards

Overview

Hardware:
 
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Price at time of Review: $329.99-$499.99 on Newegg and Amazon
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great Multi Thread performance, Solid Gaming Performance, Nice Overclocking room on 1700, Easy clock adjustment with Ryzen Master, Price, Power Efficiency, Experience!!!
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Near Heart Attack levels of Excitement
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Don't let negative vibes fool you. AMD has released an excellent design that far surpasses what the release was like of the FX-8350 years ago. If it wasn't for Ryzen 5, I'd tell everyone to get a Ryzen 7 1700. If you can use 8 cores though, you should still get a 1700!
by Josh Jackson
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Introduction

We’ve finally made it to this historic day here at Pureoverclock! It doesn’t matter whether we’re AMD fanboys or not, we’ve all been waiting for Ryzen to show up because even if we don’t plan to buy a chip any time soon, the CPU market has gone way too long without competition. Nearly four years ago, AMD released their last major high end release in the FX-9590. Even then, this was nothing more than a factory overclock of the 8350 that released in 2012. Shortly after, we started hearing that team Red was going to be dropping out of the high-end CPU race, while considering focusing their resources on APUs, consoles and mobile. I remember this time vividly and felt a sense of dread thinking about what would happen to the enthusiasts market if we only had one option.

Thankfully, Lisa Su became CEO of AMD in 2014. It was during this time that I saw liquid cooling bundles added to the 9000 series chips, better designs on the array of included stock coolers, optimized releases of the 8000 series chips that included better clockspeeds at the same pricing, and the best news of all, the announcement of a new CPU architecture being designed named “Zen.” Everything Su has done for the company has built my hype for this moment and this review is going to determine whether she reaches “hero” status in my book or not. So without further ado, let’s get ready to enter into one of the greatest moments in my reviewing history. Welcome, to Ryzen 7!!! Actually, let’s look at a core statement from AMD, THEN we’ll look at the Ryzen 7 series, including the 1800X, 1700X and 1700.

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4 Comments


  1.  
    Greg B

    Nice review. I picked up the 1700 last week and an MSI X370 Carbon. Lots of issues with bios stability at the moment. My Gskill ram wont run at its 3200, the best I can get is 2933. Having said this I have a cpu that is overclocked to 4.00ghz under water at 1.3875vcore and running OCCT on all cores with 54C temps at full load. This cpu is a beast and I expect it will get better once bios’ improve and software developers start to optimize for this architecture.




    •  
      Josh Jackson

      Thanks for the compliments! That’s interesting on that BIOS level. I might have been taking a risk throwing my Geil Evo X 3200 MHz RAM in there, but the Aorus handled it very well so there was no reason not to. I doubt it will be long before MSI has it figured out.

      That OC is super awesome! Thanks for sharing!!!




  2.  
    Pete C

    I got the Ryzen 1700 with an Asus X370 and right from the start its more than i expected. Gone are the doubts that this cpu is “worse” than intel in gaming. Running The Division i didnt notice. And as they said: it will only get better.
    Msi just released an improved bios yesterday, so the rest will follow soon. Same with software.




  3.  

    Great review!

    I am currently in the process of doing some benchmarks for my site too.

    Certainly seems like Ryzen is holding its own against Intel for gaming. It will be interesting to see if game devs going forward will adapt and optimise for Ryzen. They few devs I know have said they’re not exactly sure if it’s worth it overall just yet.

    I’m sure once a few devs do it more will follow assuming results warrant the extra work.





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