AMD Ryzen 7 2700X review

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

As AMD made headlines in 2017, Ryzen introduced higher-core counts, better multi-threaded performance, and lower prices than what Intel’s CPUs retailed for. AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation did the same in 2018, except bigger and better-and boy has it lived up to expectations.

Introducing a 12nm architecture in mainstream processors, as well as lightning-fast clock speeds and a host of new features, AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation is a big deal for top processors. The Ryzen 7 2700X is a perfect example of this: it not only outperforms the original Ryzen chips but also beats Intel’s Core i7-8700K.

Furthermore, it is incredibly affordable considering how well it performs. Now that its successor, the Ryzen 7 3700X, has hit the market, the Ryzen 7 2700X is a budget star and will likely make an appearance in many Black Friday deals.

Specifications and chipset

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

It may have the same eight cores and 16 threads as its predecessor, but the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is significantly faster thanks to a clock speed of 3.7GHz base and 4.3GHz boost. Accordingly, the Ryzen 7 1700X would max out at 3.8GHz and the Ryzen 7 1800X would go slightly over 4GHz.

Ryzen 2nd Generation’s new 12nm Zen+ architecture accounted for a significant part of this speed boost, as it represents a very literal leap over the 14nm Zen architecture Ryzen debuted last year. According to AMD, its latest processors have 16% better performance and 11% lower power consumption than the last-generation processors running at the same clock speed.

It’s no secret that new CPUs also mean new chipsets, and AMD has introduced the X470 platform to provide the better power delivery and efficiency we see with Ryzen 2nd. These enhancements enable the Precision Boost 2 to continuously run at higher frequencies across all threads, which is ideal for gaming and encoding workloads. As for overclocking, the Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2) now works on all CPU cores instead of just one.

The X470 platform will be best suited to Ryzen 2nd generation processors, but it’s not completely required. AMD’s 2700X and other new chips will work just fine on an X370 or B350 motherboard since they’re fully compatible with AM4 sockets.

It is only a slight caveat that users will need to update their motherboard with a compatible BIOS, which unfortunately requires at least a Ryzen 1st generation chip. AMD is working on a solution for those who want to use AMD’s new processors with an older platform. Alternatively, compatible motherboards will be clearly labeled with the AMD Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready sticker in stores.

AMD has also announced a new optional technology called StoreMI that basically ties all your storage media together for optimum access to the most frequently used files and programs. If you have a solid-state drive and a hard drive, AMD StoreMI will move the most frequently used files to the fastest storage.

The AMD Store Mi is very similar to Intel’s Rapid Storage technology, but it also uses up to 2 GB of DDR4 system memory to temporarily cache files and transfer them between drives. AMD promises that all Ryzen 2nd generation processors will include this feature.

Test System Specs.

  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti (11GB GDDR5X VRAM)
  • RAM: 16GB G.Skill Sniper X DDR4 (3,400MHz)
  • Motherboard: Aorus X470 Gaming 7 Wi-Fi
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master V750
  • Storage: 512GB Intel 760p M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)
  • Cooling: Corsair H110i
  • Case: Fractal Design Meshify-C
  • Operating system: Windows 10

Performance

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

In past processor reviews, Intel would always have better single-core and gaming performance, and AMD would always have better multi-core performance. The Ryzen 7 2700X, however, gives AMD a clear victory.

Due to the Ryzen 2nd generation’s higher frequencies, the 2700X outperforms the Intel Core i7-8700K in all single-core benchmarks. AMD’s processors continue to hold the top spot for multi-core performance. The Ryzen 7 2700X was able to encode files at the highest frame rate of all the processors we tested in this review, proving that these figures translate into greater overall performance.

It must be noted that Intel processors may be at their weakest point in years. In addition, Intel’s Core i7-8700K has fewer cores than AMD’s new Ryzen flagship, which has been adversely affected by both the Spectre and Meltdown patches.

In our initial review of the flagship Coffee Lake processor last October, it scored 1,543 points on multi-core and 204 points on single-core Cinebench. With Geekbench, the 8700K scored 5,831 points in the single-core test and 25,811 points in the multi-core test.

Ryzen 7 2700X does not beat the Core i7-8700K in gaming, but it has eroded Intel’s lead by one to two frames per second.

We’re not too fond of the Ryzen 7 2700X’s high energy consumption, which is necessary to produce those impressive performance numbers, though it’s ultimately a matter of physics. It is good news that this processor can take as much juice as it can handle, and was overclocked to 4.375GHz on all cores when we first tested it at an event with other editors.

Pros Cons
CPU coolers and software are also useful. highest energy consumption on load
Reasonably priced
dramatically improved performance.

Verdict

Right now, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is the best consumer processor available. Unlike its closest competitor, the Intel Core i7-8700K, it is slower on both the single-core and multi-core fronts and does not deliver significantly better gaming performance.

Even though some of this can be attributed to Intel’s weakened state after Spectre and Meltdown, the improvements AMD has brought with Ryzen 2nd generation are incredible. We expected AMD’s tidal shifting platform, rather than the slow and steady tick-tock-tock we’ve grown accustomed to in the last few years.

Thanks to AMD’s higher frequency, its processors are now on par with Intel’s and even better. XFR2 and Precision Boost have also undergone significant improvements. This Ryzen 7 2700X is an incredible value package because of its Wraith Prism cooler and AMD’s new StoreMI technology.