AMD Ryzen 7 1800X AM4 8-Core Processor Review

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Ryzen overclocking is something that we’ve been eager to get into, especially since every Ryzen chip features built-in overclocking features for you to enjoy. It’s simply down to your choice of motherboard that dictates if you have access to it or not. By default, the chip will overclock itself comfortably to 4GHz, even pushing up to 4.1GHz if you have enough thermal headroom left while running demanding tasks. You can, of course, lock in manual settings in the BIOS or by using the downloadable overclocking software from AMD.

I can’t stress enough that this chip is pretty small and packs 8 high-performance cores, and that means that it’s possible to get it pretty darn hot in a hurry. The CPU will downclock itself (unless you override the bios settings that control it) and even turn itself off to prevent damage, but step one would be to get a high-end air cooler, or water cooler if you’re taking the voltages up to or around 1.4-1.5v or beyond.

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We did manage to get the system to POST at 4.2GHz with 1.5v, but the heat was creeping up and the system shut down. While I do think the system will bench at this level, we would need a more powerful cooler to keep it stable, but it seems possible with a custom loop. 4.1 GHz with 1.488v on the other hand, was much more successful and the temperatures were much more manageable. We did have to take the NB voltage to 1.15v, and disable boost features, but otherwise the system posted perfectly and made it through all of our benchmarks with flying colours.


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  • Ken Kirby

    Good job Intel at beating garbage AMD at damn near every test. And good job to the reviewers to act like there’s still a reason to buy AMD

    • cyphacipher

      These numbers didn’t look like this when Linus just did his review…

      • Ejivis

        Yes it did. Ryzen hasnt beaten Intel in gaming for a single review yet.

        • Luca FiltroMan

          I’ve actually seen multiple reviews and numbers were all over the place. In some it crushed Intel, in some it has been crushed, in some others they were trading blows.

          • Ejivis

            Not a single relevant review has AMD ahead of Intel for gaming. Not a single one.

          • David Hall

            Are you actually reading the same reviews I’m reading?

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  • Maurice Fortin

    Ken Kirby talking smack for nothing, like Intel or Ngreeedia have not had many similar problems. give time for optimizations and code to let Ryzen shine, then open your stupid mouth. if all we had was either Intel or Nv garbage, guess where performance and pricing be, in the toilet PERIOD.

    Many sites are biased towards Intel and Nvidia, so will always show their numbers best bu subvertly adjusting things and not saying what they have done for many reasons, and in the same manner do on purpose to show AMD/Radeon in worst light, cause they are paid to do exactly that. live in a world where there is just 2 main companies, and the world is held back, remember that. At very least, this cause Intel and partners as well as Nvidia and partners to rush to address pricing and performance issues, dont be a tool!

    • Ro-mine lottery248

      if the AMD is gonna issue another better processor like hypothetically a 1900(X) with 12 cores, at less than $750 or 800 (pretty sure at a 75% expected price in case of lower clock), even for the people prone to Intel or Nvidia, won’t leave a relatively low marks on verdict.

      wish AMD can issue a 12 core Ryzen like Intel. lawl.

  • Hossein Almet

    My 6800K clocked at 4.1 MHz for a mere 1.199 V with absolute stability, and every reviewer complained that it was hot when it first came out. Now, the 1800x, clocked 4.1 MHz for 1.488 V, and none will be complaining, I suppose. Of course for haft the price of the 6900K, it’s a no brainer.

    • Maurice Fortin

      AMD and Intel totally different design so cannot and should not expect similar voltage, heat, power used, temperatures given etc.pretty sure you mean Ghz, not Mhz, cause if you really mean only 4.1Mhz that high of a voltage will blow them up :D..and no not all sites are reporting need that crazy amount of voltage, read elsewhere they could get 4.1 at 1.34-.137v rock solid, many sites seeing as they got the review samples often only days before could place said review up i.e very limited time to do so, which ends up being they rush through overclocking and benchmarks, in overclocking tests, if you do NOT take time to tune, and just brute force approach, sure you can get the higher speed, but that much extra voltage really limits performance and clocks you can achieve, cause it means more heat, more heat, less speed, and quicker things will break.

      Funny how you said that yours only needed 1.199v for 4.1″Ghz” when every review I have just looked at showed that exact processor needing in the range of 3.65-1.477 volts AND the actually power consumed in watts and heat given off when clocked past the 4Ghz range starts to skyrocket, so, its a wash as far as “old” vs “new” Intel vs AMD, all the modern intel chips unless clocked high from the factory really really start to suck back power and get so much hotter when clock speeds are pushed up, this is not me saying such, this is 100s if not thousands of reviews to back it up, they are efficient if left at “stock” but, power(watts and volts) go up as the speed goes up, dramatically once a certain amount is reached.

      Could be you got a 99% better then any other 6800k ever released, could be it was like this for awhile with not a true 100% stability, it could be you are lying through your teeth for nothing but trolling.

      • Hossein Almet

        No, It’s a true 100% stability. The initial voltage is a mere 1.194 V, and it survived a 16 minutes CPU-Z stress test. I also used the 1.194 V setting to browse the web and watched YouTube all day without any issue. But, when I tried to export a photo of 611 MB from Adobe Lightroom, Windows crashed, Adobe Lightroom is a very power-hungry application, more so than gaming. With the 1.199 V setting, I ‘played with Lightroom for several days’ without any issue. So, 1.199 V is definitely 100% stable. But, 4 GHz @ 1.168 V is my prefer setting, as it consumes on average 10 w less, and my second favourite profile is of course the 1.199 V setting.

        • BraveLabrador

          you didn’t just win the silicon lottery, you won the silicon jackpot.

  • Illusio13

    Eteknix, why is my comment being deleted? Please can somebody ( a mod ) respond?

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  • AZ

    So your telling me my $490 7700k is close to a $685 1800x ? I feel good mate