Date: Wednesday, March 08, 2017
The AMD Ryzen 1700 processor has been eyed by many folks for possible purchase for that new system build, but I think that many customers have felt as though the 1700 CPU is "something less" than the 1700X or 1800X CPUs. First and foremost, the Ryzen 1700 is $330, where the 1700X is $400, and the 1800X is $500. While there is no doubt that the Ryzen 1700X and 1800X processors have great value when it comes to comparing threaded workloads to the Intel 6900K at $1050, what if you want all that new Ryzen goodness, but want to keep as much green in your wallet as possible? That is exactly what we are here to answer today.
When it comes to Ryzen 7 series specifications, there are few differences in the models. All of these Ryzen 7 processors are 8 Core / 16 Thread processors, the only thing that differentiates these out of the box are CPU clocks and rated Thermal Design Power. As you are reading HardOCP, it is very likely that you will be overclocking your processor, and all of these Ryzen 7 processors are fully unlocked, which allows us to attempt to run all of these at the same CPU clocks, given your motherboard supports that.
Before we get to the meat of this article, let's look at exactly what we are playing with today. We are using a GIGABYTE X370-Gaming 5 motherboard for all our testing here. This is a $200 motherboard that has served us well while overclocking Ryzen for the last couple weeks. It is equipped with 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM that is rated at 3000MHz that costs $130.
We did use our Koolance Exos system and CPU-380 water block, which we modified to work with the AM4 socket, since we had access to a drill press. Beyond that we did spend some time lapping our water block as well since it was somewhat concave, and these new Integrated Heat Spreaders are very flat and not hardly convex at all.
Some pictures of the system are below as well as its full specifications.
One thing that is nice about comparing processors of the same generation is that we can use identical systems and identical clocks. Sometimes it is hard to get a true "apples to apples" configuration, but that is exactly what we have here today.