AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Review

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

Ryzen is a radical departure from the previous Bulldozer derived processors. AMD started from a clean slate and it shows. There’s very little in common between Ryzen and AMD’s older processors. Ryzen is a fully modern CPU with awe inspiring capabilities.

With 8 cores and 16 threads, the Ryzen 1700X is quite capable of staggering performance is multiple applications. It was able to best Intel’s far more expensive Core i7 6850K in 4 out of 6 CPU benchmarks. That number rises to 5 out of 6 CPU benchmarks for the more competitively priced Core i7 5820K. Intel’s Core i7 7700K proved to be far more competition though. It’s all very impressive.

As strong as the Ryzen 7 1700X is in production oriented applications, the opposite seems to be the case for gaming. The Ryzen 7 1700X fell towards the bottom of the charts in almost every benchmark. These differences would more than likely lesson at higher resolutions though. I doubt most people who are willing to spend close to $400 on a CPU are still running at 1080 resolutions.

Obviously there are some definitely plusses and minuses when it comes to the Ryzen 7 1700X. Perhaps the most impressive things about the new Ryzen 7 1700X was that it was able to easily outrun the old FX 8350 in every benchmark we threw at it. We saw a 67% improvement in 7-Zip, a 78% improvement in Handbrake, and a mind-blowing 243% improvement in Cinebench. All while using a fraction of the power. Well done AMD.

AMD’s Ryzen 7 1700X is priced at $399, currently $388 at Amazon at the time of this writing. That puts it in direct competition against Intel’s Core i7 7700K and Core i7 6800K. The chose is really up to you and what you use your computer for. I think Ryzen is going to convert some Intel fans, especially those who can leverage the extra cores.

Likes

  • Great Multi-threaded Performance
  • Low  Power Consumption
  • Very Reasonable Price
  • Low Platform Entry Price

Dislikes

  • Bested By Intel In Gaming
  • Limited Overclocking Capability



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