AMD Ryzen R7 1700 AM4 8-Core Processor Review



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Test System and Methods


Here is the full range of test systems used for CPU and APU reviews:

Test System

AM4

  • Motherboard – MSI X370 XPOWER Gaming Titanium
  • RAM – 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport XT (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2666MHz (Running at 2400MHz due to BIOS issues)
  • CPU Cooler – Thermaltake Water 3.0 with Gelid GC-Extreme
  • Graphics Card – Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti
  • Power Supply – BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 850 Watt
  • Main Storage Drive – Toshiba OCZ VX500 500GB
  • Chassis – Lian Li T80 Test Bench
  • Displays – U2868PQU 4K
  • Operating System – Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit

Z87

  • Motherboard – ASUS Maximus VII Ranger
  • RAM – 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport XT (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1866MHz (10-10-10-30)
  • CPU Cooler – Thermaltake Water 3.0 with Gelid GC-Extreme
  • Graphics Card – Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti
  • Power Supply – BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 850 Watt
  • Main Storage Drive – Toshiba OCZ VX500 500GB
  • Chassis – Lian Li T80 Test Bench
  • Displays – U2868PQU 4K
  • Operating System – Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit

Z170

  • Motherboard – ASRock Z170 Extreme7+
  • RAM – Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB (2x8GB) 2666MHz (16-17-17)
  • CPU Cooler – Thermaltake Water 3.0 with Gelid GC-Extreme
  • Graphics Card – Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti
  • Power Supply – BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 850 Watt
  • Main Storage Drive – Toshiba OCZ VX500 500GB
  • Chassis – Lian Li T80 Test Bench
  • Displays – U2868PQU 4K
  • Operating System – Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit

Z270

  • Motherboard – Combination used to determine widespread performance
  • RAM – Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB (2x8GB) 2666MHz (16-17-17)
  • CPU Cooler – Thermaltake Water 3.0 with Gelid GC-Extreme
  • Graphics Card – Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti
  • Power Supply – BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 850 Watt
  • Main Storage Drive – Toshiba OCZ VX500 500GB
  • Chassis – Lian Li T80 Test Bench
  • Displays – U2868PQU 4K
  • Operating System – Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit

X99

  • Motherboard – ASUS ROG STRIX X99 GAMING
  • RAM – 32GB Crucial Ballistix Sport (4x8GB) 2400MHz (16-16-16-39)
  • CPU Cooler – Thermaltake Water 3.0 with Gelid GC-Extreme
  • Graphics Card – Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti
  • Power Supply – BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 850 Watt
  • Main Storage Drive – Toshiba OCZ VX500 500GB
  • Chassis – Lian Li T80 Test Bench
  • Displays – U2868PQU 4K
  • Operating System – Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit

Games Used

  • Ashes of the Singularity (DirectX 12)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (DirectX 12)
  • Shadow of Mordor
  • Tomb Raider

Test Software

  • 3DMark – available here
  • AIDA64 Engineer – available here
  • Cinebench – available here
  • CPUID HWMonitor – available here
  • CPU-Z – available here
  • Handbrake – available here
  • Prime95 – available here
  • WinRAR – available here
  • WPrime – available here

Test Procedure

Here at eTeknix, we endeavour to disclose key information regarding the benchmarking process so that readers can quantify the results and attempt to replicate them using their own hardware. When it comes to CPU reviews, the benchmarks are pretty self-explanatory although there are a few exceptions. Please note, we prefer to re-test each CPU within a product’s performance range to ensure the results are completely accurate and reflect any changes to our samples over time or enhancements via graphics drivers.

This means we now include fewer results, but they are more accurate and easier to decipher. As always, your choice of motherboard, the silicon lottery and other factors can yield different numbers, and there’s always a margin for error when using software. Therefore, your experience may vary. Saying that, each benchmark is run at least three times and the average figure is taken to try to reduce the effect of hardware variation. Any important details regarding the benchmarks will be listed below.

Handbrake

To stress processors to their absolute limit and accurately judge performance in video editing workloads, we transcode a 7.7GB compilation of gaming footage. This particular file is freely available from here. The captured footage is 22 minutes and 12 seconds long, has a bit rate of 50.1 Mbps and uses the Advanced Video Codec. Additionally, the video runs at a constant 30 frames-per-second and opts for a 3820×2140 (4K) resolution. Once loaded into Handbrake, we transcode the 4K MP4 to a 1080p MKV file.


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  • Joshua Jax Jordan

    Hard to take ANY of this seriously when you suspect thermal throttling at the end because of inadequate cooling. If the chip was throttling from the get go then every single bench mark was null.

    Put a better cooler on and retest…

    • SteelCrysis

      Huh? A 240mm CLC + one of the best conventional thermal compounds in the world is “inadequate cooling”?

  • dosporuno

    Very first paragraph you wrote 1700X but you meant 1700. Didn’t read other comments to see if this has been mentioned.

    • Raj

      He should listen you … Coz there are more typo errors …

  • dave

    Hard to take a article seriously when theres as many errors in it as this… one of the charts isn’t even right, and I’d question some of the results compared to the 1800X too.

  • costeakai

    maybe in may, ram issues cleared

  • Amet Monegro

    Really bad review…

  • Abilio Albino

    Only review that has a big difference between 1700 and 1800x OC. And the only review where the 1800x is at the top of the chart. And how does 2.5% of clock turns into + 12% performance?????