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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:
 
Manufacturer:
 
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!
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Features and Specifications

Let’s begin talking about “Experience.” I’m not talking about the stuff you need to level characters in RPGs. I’m talking about how after all the benchmarks, numbers and tests are done, how does a product feel? In the computer world, almost any aspect of a part can have a quantitative value placed on it to measure how good the end experience is. However, what if there are some things that can’t be measured so easily? I believe some of the Ryzen features, while hard to measure, can help add to the experience the end user has. The Neural Net Prediction and Smart Prefetch may not translate to a specific number, but they may add to a smoother “Experience” when using a computer on a day-to-day basis. There’s other features, but we’ll go through more of them as the review progresses.

Pure Power

Cool and quiet processor operation using a sophisticated grid of smart sensors.

  • Monitors CPU temperature, resource usage, and power draw
  • Adaptive control optimizes power draw for any workload
  • Minimized power consumption reduces system heat and noise

Precision Boost

Fine-tuned processor performance adjusted in real time to meet the performance demands of your game or app.

  • Adjusts clockspeeds in 25MHz increments to optimize performance
  • Clockspeed changes can occur without pausing work
  • High precision tuning with 25MHz increments

Extended Frequency Range

Automatic extra performance boost for enthusiasts with premium systems and processor cooling.

  • Permits CPU speeds above and beyond ordinary Precision Boost limits
  • Clockspeed scales with cooling solution: air, water, and LN2
  • Fully automated; no user input required
  • Available on select AMD Ryzen processors

Neural Net Prediction

Built-in artificial intelligence that primes your processor to tackle your app workload more efficiently.

  • A true neural network inside every AMD Ryzen processor
  • Builds a temporary map of how your programs use the CPU
  • Prepares the fastest processor pathways for your app’s behaviors

Smart Prefetch

Learning algorithms that predict and pre-load needed data for fast and responsive computing.

  • Learns how your applications access their own data
  • Sophisticated algorithms anticipate and pre-load that data into the AMD Ryzen processor
  • Vital data is ready when you are, enabling peak performance

Alright! Let’s look a bit closer at these specifications on these chips. AMD sent three processors, the Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X and 1700. There are three main differences from each chip. The obvious one is clockspeeds, since you’d expect the flagship to have the best frequencies. We also have a lower TDP on the 1700, but another key difference that “X” models have is a better built in boost speed. The “Extended Frequency Range,” or XFR for short, allows up to a full 100 MHz boost speed above the base and turbo clocks if you have the proper cooling. This is great for those who like that extra performance without having to do any manual overclocking.

  Ryzen 7 1800X Ryzen 7 1700X Ryzen 7 1700
# of CPU Cores 8 8 8
# of Threads 16 16 16
Base Clock Speed 3.6GHz 3.4GHz 3GHz
Max Turbo Core Speed 4GHz 3.8GHz 3.7GHz
Total L1 Cache 768KB 768KB 768KB
Total L2 Cache 4MB 4MB 4MB
Total L3 Cache 16MB 16MB 16MB
Unlocked Yes Yes Yes
Package AM4 AM4 AM4
Default TDP / TDP 95W 95W 65W

Finally, we have a brand new chipset from AMD to go with the Ryzen chips. Technically, there’s several, but we’ll be focusing on the X370 since that’s what came with our chips. Not to mention, it’s probably the main one overclockers will be interested in as well, with certain exceptions leaning toward the B350 chipset. We finally have PCIe 3.0 graphics card slots for enthusiast AMD chips!!!! This will be important for the dual R9 290s I have to test with. We also have DDR4 memory compatibility, native control of all USB 3.1 and lower ports, and support for M.2 and SATA Express storage.

AMD Socket AM4 Platform

​​​Ready for AMD Ryzen™ processors – AMD Socket AM4 represents the company’s new future-proof platform targeting the fastest DDR4 memory, PCIe® 3.0, and NVMe technologies available, as well as the first native USB 3.1 Gen2 support on a chipset. With processor-direct SATA and USB connectivity, configurable for real-world flexibility, the new AM4 platform takes advantage of the leading-edge features of today, and tomorrow.

CHIPSET FEATURES (EVERY AM4 PROCESSOR IS COMPATIBLE WITH EVERY AM4 CHIPSET)

Chipset PCI Express® Gen3 Graphics* USB 3.1 G2 + 3.1 G1 + 2.0 SATA + NVMe
X370 1×16/2×8 (AMD Ryzen™) 1×8 (A-Series/AMD Athlon™) 2+10+6 6 + x2 NVMe (or 4 SATA plus 1 x4 NVMe on AMD Ryzen™ Processor)
SATA Express*(SATA & GPP PCIe G3*) PCI Express® GP* SATA RAID** Dual PCI Express® slots Over-clocking***
2 x8 Gen2 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe) 0,1,10 Yes Unlocked**
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5 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.




  4.  

    Everything AMD touches lately has been a huge success. Intel’s great as well, but huge progress on AMD’s side lately.





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