Following our recent review of the powerful and impressive Ryzen 7 1800X , it’s time to take a look at the new Ryzen 7 1700X CPU, AMD’s second fastest Summit Ridge octa-core processor with an attractive price point.
Architecture and Specifications
It’s an exciting year for AMD with the new Ryzen processors based on 14nm FinFET fabrication process allowing a low TDP of 95W- something Intel couldn’t achieve with the i7-6900K and i7-6800K processors, both of which have a 140W TDP rating.
As we discussed before on our Ryzen 7 1800X review, the new Ryzen 7 portfolio consist of the 1800X, the 1700X and the 1700 processor. The “X” indicates that the CPU is capable of going beyond “Precision Boost” speeds if you have the right cooling solutions. The default base speed of the Ryzen 7 1700X is 3400 MHz and Precision Boost speeds shoot up to 3800 MHz.
Apart from different clock speeds, the AM4-based Ryzen 7 1700X shares a lot of similar features with the faster R7 1800X. The CPU cores on the chip are supported with a total of 16 threads. The 16MB L3 Cache + 4MB L2 Cache works on AMD’s new tricks called Smart Prefetch that anticipates data access points and the Neural Net Prediction that preloads CPU instructions in advance for faster executions.
Other features of the CPU include embedded sensors for monitoring the temperature, voltage, and speed to lower power usage with adaptive control. This new method is called the Pure Power. Speaking of temperatures, the Ryzen Master application reported a maximum temperature of 77.50-degrees while stress testing the 1700X CPU with Real Bench. On the contrary, the 1800X temperatures went up to 82-degrees. On idle situations, the Ryzen 1700X temperatures remained between 50-60 degrees.
AMD did confirm that the new Ryzen processors will provide over 52% increase in instructions per clock performance over their previous Excavator architecture based CPUs. Let us now talk about the benchmark methods and testbed used for this review.