Power Consumption and Overclocking
The Ryzen 7 1700 sips power when compared to the older FX 8350. Power comsuption is closer than what we’d expect from an i5.
Overclocking Ryzen isn’t really different than Bulldozer/Piledriver and far easier than some of Intel’s offerings. If you have time overclocking, you’ll find Ryzen a relatively simple affair.
After I adjusted the line load calibration to Setting 2, I started bumping up the multiplier and then the core voltage. I alternated between them until I reached 1.45v, the AMD maximum recommended voltage for water-cooled systems. I was able to squeeze out a fully stable clock of 4142 MHz. That’s a full 100 MHz over what we saw with the Ryzen 7 1700X.
Ultimately I reached 4216 MHz, but it took just shy of 1.6v. However, unlike the Ryzen 7 1700X we just tested, the Ryzen 7 1700 was stable enough to validate.