Power Consumption and Overclocking
Despite having twice the thread count of the previous FX 8350, the Ryzen 7 1700X consumes far less power. In fact, power consumption was far lower than we expected.
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 4042 MHz.
I’m not one to stop there, so I continued to push the Ryzen 7 1700X, as I wanted 4200 MHz. I reached 4216 MHz, but it took just shy of 1.6v and wasn’t stable.