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
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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Before I wrap this thing up on my end, I wanted to share one more clip from video review on my channel. In that conclusion, I talk about “Experience.” I’m not talking about the stuff you earn to level up in RPGs. This is what the end user experience is like when using Ryzen and I think it’s really great. Check that out below because it’s too much to try and type out at this point!
In the end, we have a great performing architecture from AMD this time around. There may be performance trades, but this is such a better release when compared to the era of the FX-8350. The best part is how much attention AMD paid to details to ensure they delivered on quality as well. Did you know Ryzen comes with a gold-plated, soldered lid that nearly eliminates obstruction to heat transfer? (Check the video.) While I believe the gaming performance is just fine, there’s no arguing the fact that this chip will really shine in multi threaded workloads. I mentioned how I had Lisa Su on trial status for being my hero and this review put her firmly on the top of my bucket list of people I’d like to meet in person. I can’t believe what an amazing job she’s done with leading the company to this point (I’m sure she would give credit to the engineers, though).
If you’ve been following the news, then you know AMD is still the price to performance champion. When $300-$500 chips are comparing to $1000 dollar ones from Intel, you know you have a win for consumers. Even though the 1800X is a great option, I can’t help but highly recommend the 1700 as a top pick. With a $330 going price on Newegg and Amazon, the easy ability to overclock it, and the fact it has the same threads, cores and caches as its bigger brothers, it should certainly be on your short list of CPUs to consider in your next build. With that, we proudly award the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X and 1700, the Pureoverclock Editor’s Choice Award!
P.S. Did I mention AMD wins big in power efficiency? AMD wins big in power efficiency. Who saw that coming!?!
Needless to say I love computer hardware. With my reviews, I never forget what it's like trying to find parts on a tight budget and how excited I am about any new component I get my hands on. If there was a good effort in the design, then I'll find a reason why each component is great for someone!