AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Review

General Performance and CPU Performance Results

General Performance Results

PCMark 8

“PCMark 8 is the latest version in our series of industry standard PC benchmarking tools. With PCMark 8 you can test the performance of all types of PC, from tablets to desktops. With five separate benchmark tests plus battery life testing, PCMark 8 helps you find the devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance. PCMark 8 is the complete PC benchmark for home and business.”

The Ryzen 7 1700X surprised us right of the bat with PCMark 8. It best both the Core 17 5820K and the far more expensive Core i7 6850K. It left every previous generation AMD processor in the dust.

Super PI Modded 1.5

“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”

Intel has typically dominated Super Pi. The Ryzen 7 1700X wasn’t able to best anything higher than the lowly Pentium G3258 on the Intel side. Still, It showed an amazing 220% improvement over the FX 8350.


CPU Performance Results

Fritz Chess

Fritz Chess is a benchmark in which a fictitious game of chess is played. As each move has to be calculated by the computer, it is an excellent test of CPU muscle.

Fritz Chess runs on a maximum of 8 cores and loves L3 cache. The Ryzen 7 1700X drops towards the back of the pack due Windows scheduler not being optimized for the new Ryzen processors, causing it to use half primary threads and half SMT threads. We’ll take a closer look into that later.


“CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more.

CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X). And best of all: It’s completely free.”

The Ryzen 7 1700X completely outruns all the other processors. Even the far more expensive Intel Core i7 6850K doesn’t even come close.


This form allows you to measure the performance of your computer. The benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of AMD Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So if you have modern CPU from AMD or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reaches 100, the score is taken.


The 7-Zip results almost perfectly mirror Cinebench.


“HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.”

The workload video file is a ~6.27 GB, 3840 x 1714, 73.4 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mov video file that is transcoded to a ~1480 MB, 1920×858, ~17.1 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mp4 video file. Transcoding is done using AMD Quick Sync.

Handbrake shows similar results like we saw with 7-Zip and Cinebench. The Ryzen 7 1700X’s sixteen threads allows it to overtake the competition in those application that can utilize them.

Memory Performance Results

AIDA64 Engineer Edition

“FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises. The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming AMD Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.”

Memory throughput falls in line with Intel’s socket 1151 offers. However, latency is far higher than we expected and could affect performance in applications that like low memory latency.

L1 cache throughput is far better than AMD’s previous offering, though it does fall short of the Intel offerings. L2 cache and L3 cache throughput is amazing though.

Passmark Performance Test 8 – Memory


Passmark confirms what we already saw with AIDA64. Apparently, AMD has paid particular attention on improving memory performance.

SiSoft Sandra

“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems–or potential headaches.”

Sandra reaffirms the previous memory marks.

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