AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Review

Introduction

One of the biggest changes in recent PC hardware history has been the move away from the option of buying a cheap CPU and overclocking the chuff out of it to get a very similar level of performance to the higher models for a lot less money. This has been for two reasons largely. On the one hand Intel have dissuaded us from doing so by producing their cheaper CPUs without hyperthreading, something that almost no amount of clock speed can overcome. AMD on the other hand have largely been limited by their actual CPUs not being either thermally efficient enough to cope with a beefy overclock, or just generally not being too rewarding.

Fortunately as we saw from the Ryzen 7 1800X overclocking is very much back on the AMD agenda and their aggressive pricing has also returned to idea behind this very website, namely getting 'free' performance by overclocking a more affordably priced processor to the level of the next model up. The Ryzen 7 1700 that we have up for review today is £170 cheaper than the 1800X we began our look at the Ryzen CPUs with, and £170 is the difference between a single RX480 in your system and Crossfire RX480s. Given our law of system building that any spare money in the budget brings the largest performance reward by funnelling it into the GPU, this should prick up the ears of anyone interested in a new AMD based rig.

Of course all this is dependant upon the Ryzen 7 1700 getting a significant performance boost from any overclock we can extract, so let's see what the specifications are at stock before we see what some tinkering can achieve.

Technical Specifications

The main difference with the 1700 is the lower default clock speed which should lead to some average stock scores in our graphs but hopefully provides us with a lot of headroom for our overclocking exploits. Although unlike the 1800X there is a lot less thermal headroom with the reduced 65W TDP. However, the strange thing about the Ryzen 7 CPUs is that there is a 20° offset on its reported temperature which means that you can use some careful BIOS manipulation and really overclock the nuts off it.

CPU Cores8
Threads16
Base Clock3 GHz
Turbo Clock3.7 GHz
L1 Cache768 KB
L2 Cache4 MB
L3 Cache16 MB
Multiplier UnlockedYes
TDP65 W
PackageAM4
Thermal SolutionWraith Spire LED

 

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28-03-2017, 13:42:18

Avet
Lovely review Tom. "On that bombshell..." Too bad you can't hear that phrase anymore.

I really don't know what AMD was doing with that temperature offset. They didn't shoot themselves in the leg, they dug up their eye with a spoon. Imagine this headline:"Ryzen 7 on pair with 6900K for half the price and at 65 degrees overclocked!"

Definitely the R7 to go for.Quote

28-03-2017, 13:51:10

Bartacus
Can't wait to watch this one tonight!! I will be buying this CPU, so it's relevant to my interests! I watched another video from a little known YouTuber who's name escapes me, and he did some benchmarking and somehow got his ram to 3600Mhz, and it made a serious improvement in game benchmarks. This CPU at 4Ghz + some higher clocked memory is a VERY impressive performer!Quote

28-03-2017, 14:18:40

Bregalad
Which asus drivers did you use and which did you omit?
having the r7 1700 and the prime x370 pro, i haven't found the buggy driver(s) - yet.
system runs great at clean win install, and unstable with all drivers/util. from asus website.

running a lot of blender, i just love the system when bsods doesn't appear.Quote

28-03-2017, 14:32:28

AngryGoldfish
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Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
Can't wait to watch this one tonight!! I will be buying this CPU, so it's relevant to my interests! I watched another video from a little known YouTuber who's name escapes me, and he did some benchmarking and somehow got his ram to 3600Mhz, and it made a serious improvement in game benchmarks. This CPU at 4Ghz + some higher clocked memory is a VERY impressive performer!
I'd be really interested to see that so if you remember it or come by it again, please do post it here.Quote

28-03-2017, 14:32:37

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by Avet View Post
Lovely review Tom. "On that bombshell..." Too bad you can't hear that phrase anymore.

I really don't know what AMD was doing with that temperature offset. They didn't shoot themselves in the leg, they dug up their eye with a spoon. Imagine this headline:"Ryzen 7 on pair with 6900K for half the price and at 65 degrees overclocked!"

Definitely the R7 to go for.
The 1700 does not have the offset.Only the 95watt chips, 1700x/1800 do. Tom needs to edit the article for that as AMD have confirmed the 1700 has no offset
As confirmed by them here.
https://community.amd.com/community/...mmunity-updateQuote
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