Product: Ryzen 7 1700

Price: 274,39 Pounds ($352)
Best Place To Buy: Amazon
Warranty: 3 Years from AMD
Rating: 9,5/10


Ryzen 7

AMD has created a huge shift in the CPU market since they released their new CPU architecture, Ryzen. Intel was dominating the consumer as well the high-end CPU market with basically no competition, being able to adjust prices to their liking. Things, however, changed back in March when AMD launched their high-end Ryzen 7 CPUs which featured the Ryzen 7 1700, the Ryzen 7 1700x and the Ryzen 7 1800x. We are talking essentially about the same chip but with higher clock speeds as we move up from the Ryzen 1700 to the Ryzen 1800x. All chips have 8 cores and 16 threads at a very lucrative price point for the numbers of cores and threads they offer.

The most expensive Ryzen CPU you can buy is the 1800x which costs around 417,99 pounds ($536) and offers tremendous performance in editing scenarios and workload applications. On the other hand, in order to buy an 8c/16t CPU from Intel, you would have to spend around $1000 to get a 6900k, which is almost double the price for the same performance.

Ryzen 7 brought 8c/16t CPUs to the mainstream market considering that the  i7 7700k costs around the same as the Ryzen 1700 and only features 4 cores and 8 threads. This is a huge opportunity for both gamers and content creators, which utilize multi-core applications. Games may get more core-dependent in the future as game developers start developing games based on the new possibilities Ryzen offers and editors and content creators can get a great CPU in terms of editing performance.


Why Ryzen 7 1700?

The reason why I am recommending the Ryzen 1700 over the more expensive 1700x and 1800x is that they are all essentially the same CPU. You can get 1800x performance out of the Ryzen 1700 by just overclocking the CPU to 4 GHz. At the same time, it costs $150-200 less and comes with an inbox stock cooler which does a decent job at cooling the CPU at stock frequency. Even with a mild overclock the stock AMD cooler is able to handle temperatures quite well, which means that you do not need to invest in an additional air or liquid cooler.

Both the 1700x and 1800x are more expensive and do not come with a CPU cooler. To sum up, you get the same CPU for $150 to 200 less in addition to a good quality stock cooler to provide an adequate cooling solution. I do not think there is any particular reason to go for either the 1700x or the 1800x. Even at stock settings, the Ryzen 1700 while not matching the 1800x offers amazing out of the box performance. If you do nothing more than gaming, the Ryzen 1700 is probably not for you. In that case, you should check out my post for the best AMD gaming processor.

However, if you are doing more than just gaming, like streaming or editing the Ryzen 7 1700 is your best bet because you get an amazing all around processor for both gaming/streaming and editing.


 

Ryzen 7 1700 Specifications

The Ryzen 1700 features:

  • 8 cores/16 threads
  • Base Clock Speed: 3 GHz
  • Turbo Clock: 3,7 GHz
  • Cache: 16 MB
  • TDP: 65W
  • Max Temps: 95oC
  • Unlocked CPU

The Ryzen 7 1700 has a much lower TDP of 65 watts compared to the 1700x and 1800x, which have a TDP of 95watts. this makes the Ryzen 1700 much more power efficient and a much better overclocker than its two bigger brothers. The Ryzen CPUs hit their maximum overclocking potential at 4Ghz, with only a few chips reaching 4,1 GHz based on the silicon lottery. Even the 1800x can not get higher frequencies than its 4GHz boost clock. With a little effort and luck, the 1700 could reach 4 GHz and match the performance of the 1800x. In most cases, 3,8GHz should be achievable on all cores even with the stock Wraith Spire cooler.

AMD introduced the SenseMI technology, a series of features which enhance the user’s experience by automatically tuning performance for more responsive applications:

  1.  Pure Power: Optimizes power consumption
  2. Precision Boost: Automatically raises clock speeds for better performance
  3. XFR: If adequate cooling is available the maximum clock-speed extends automatically
  4. Smart Prefetch: Predicts what data your CPU may need and brings it to high-speed cache
  5. Neural Net Prediction: The CPU’s own artificial intelligence

With Ryzen, you can overclock your CPU without going into the bios.  AMD Ryzen Master is a utility which lets you adjust frequencies, voltage as well as RAM timings. You

Ryzen Master Software

Ryzen Master Software

can store up to 4 overclocking profiles. Ryzen Master is also very useful as monitoring software because it lets you monitor temperatures per core and voltages applied. Ryzen Master is a great alternative to applications like Real Temp of HWmonitor. It is always important to check temperature and voltages, especially if you are overclocking.

 

Ryzen 7 1700 Benchmarks

Ryzen 1700 is a beast when it comes to workload applications like Cinebench and Handbrake. But even in gaming the Ryzen 7 1700 has closed the gap in regards to Intel’s i7 7700k, which still is the top CPU when it comes to average frame rates in games. Although, when you put streaming into the mix or any other usage besides gaming, the Ryzen 7 1700 is the clear winner especially in workload scenarios where it beats the i7 7700k in every application by almost 70-80%. The reason why I am putting up the Ryzen 1700 against the i7 7700k is that of similar pricing and the fact that Ryzen is considered a good option when gaming.

Due to its many cores and threads, the Ryzen 7 1700 is able to maintain great frame rates when streaming or multitasking. You can play games and stream at 1080p or 1440p without the CPU breaking a sweat. Minimum frame rates, on the other hand, are even more important than average ones because good minimum frame rates provide a smooth gameplay and eliminate stuttering. Even if the i7 7700k reaches higher average frame rates, the Ryzen 1700 provides a better experience due to its ability to maintain stable framerates, even under heavy workloads.

 

In this video provided by Gamer’s Nexus, you can see the performance of the Ryzen 7 1700 in both applications and games. If you find the video helpful and interesting, subscribe to Gamers Nexus Youtube Chanel here as the channel is really great and gives an in depth analysis in every video they make.


Verdict

If you are looking for a new all around CPU, which excels in editing performance and provides a great gaming experience look no further than the Ryzen 7 1700. It is in the same price range as the i7 7700k, while offering the performance of a 6900k in editing scenarios. The gaming performance is also great as motherboard manufacturers are continuously offering BIOS updates, which aim at improving gaming performance. Since March, the Ryzen 1700 has gained a 15-20% increase in games. It is understandable that board manufacturers need their time with Ryzen because it is a brand new platform in need of optimizations. 5 months after launch Ryzen continues to improve and should reach its maximum potential in the following months.

If you are only gaming and do not intend to do anything else in the future, the i7 7700k is your best option here. If, however, your primary focus is gaming but you also do light streaming and some editing, you should check out my review of the Ryzen 5 1600, here.

The only downside of the Ryzen 1700 is that it s hitting the roof at 4 GHz and can not match Intel at overclocking capabilities. This, although, has to do with Ryzen in general as all chips can not be pushed further than 4 GHz, with a few chips hitting 4,1 GHz.


If you liked my review or have any questions please leave a comment below or email me at johnb@johnpchardware.com and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

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