AMD Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review


AMD Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review


The 2nd Generation of Ryzen CPUs has been around for a couple of weeks now and have proven to be very popular.

When we first received our CPUs and put them through the bench suite they were the X versions of the same two CPUs that we have up for review today, the Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700. We know that this 2nd Generation refinement by AMD definitely delivered the goods as the combination of the X470 chipset and CPUs themselves put out some very impressive numbers for two such affordable processors.

With the original Ryzen CPUs the X models were the ones to have with the non-X proving to not quite have the performance necessary to make their smaller price attractive. The difference between an X and a non-X being so little. With this latest generation on our hands we knew that there would be many of you looking to see if overclocking the standard models would regain the performance lost at stock and turn a regular 2nd Generation Ryzen into an X model. Free performance, something that beats at the heart of the ethos behind OC3D.

As the 2nd Generation is still fresh in the memory you'll know what the newest AMD CPUs bring to the party - reduced process for more efficiency, enhanced boosting technology, higher clock speeds - so let's get down to seeing how the standard models fair against their X rated brethren.

Technical Specifications

The main difference between the processors is simply the speed, in all other regards they match up to their slightly more expensive stablemates. There isn't much between them in cost either so the Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 will either really need to overclock well or you have to have an extremely tight budget to make them a worthwhile investment instead of their faster X versions. Let's find out how they do.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review 

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Most Recent Comments

01-05-2018, 14:27:01

haha you couldn't make it up

Well, it seems pretty clear AMD are not sending out cherry picked samples.Quote

02-05-2018, 11:39:30

I feel this review missed one of the key points with these processors- the 30-40W(~30%>) lower TDP. At 65W these chips will fit basically anywhere and work with basically any cooler without issue, as opposed to the 95-105W of the X variants, this could also mean lower temps or quieter operation with sufficient cooling. These chips will be binned for lower leakage lower in the clock curve as opposed to higher up the curve. This means top-end OCing is gonna be less reliable and the power curve(And required voltage and consumption) might take a much steeper curve upwards than their X counterparts beyond their rated frequency range.

Basically, they're not really meant to just be cheaper versions of their X counterparts- The value of them doesn't come from the minimal loss of performance VS price drop, but from the minimal loss of performance VS TDP/power drop.Quote

03-05-2018, 09:57:07

For me it comes down to what type of user you are. Buy and leave at stock - get the 2700x. If you're going to get a nice water cooler, then you may as well go for the 2700 and overclock the beans out of it.

I'm really looking forward to Zen 2 on 7nm! That'll be the time I put my 6700k to rest Quote

05-05-2018, 21:30:23

Another amazing review THX Tom

I'm really pleased to see the performance of these CPU's and the X versions. I'm really tempted to buy a new setup (need a new graphics card anyways) but the idea of threadripper is still in the back of my mind I do like to work with my VM's but I'm guessing they should be able to give me the performance I'm in need of.

Who knows we might end up seeing Intel forced to lower their prices a bit Quote

06-06-2018, 22:49:53

So it seems like, given the same cooling, the 2700 OC runs COOLER with HIGHER voltages and slightly lower clocks?? And it performs better??

7C is a heck of a difference, that's amazing. Quick question though: So there is no way to get XFR to work on this at stock, but is there a way to swap profiles while in windows?

Coming from a 2600k, I have to swap profiles in the bios to do this, so I was just wondering if Ryzen master had that solution.


@Giggyolly: What about a high end air cooler, such as a Nh-d15? Would it still be worth OCing with such an air cooler? Thanks!Quote

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