AMD Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review


AMD Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review


The Ryzen 5 2600 is the simpler of the two to sum up because it fits exactly into the AMD Ryzen range where you would expect, both in price and performance terms.

Usually the CPU below the one above it in the range can be overclocked to attain a similar level of performance as the stock one. So in this case the Ryzen 5 2600 at stock is only £30 cheaper but a reasonable step slower than the Ryzen 5 2600X. However, overclock the 2600 and it matches up to a stock 2600X, with the overclocked 2600X a similar step ahead.

All of which makes it easy to describe and easy to decide if it is the processor for you. Given the small gap in pricing between the plain Ryzen 5 2600 and the beefier Ryzen 5 2600X we think that the 2600X is far and away the one to buy unless you're extremely tight for money or only plan on utilising the 2600 as a gaming processor in the foundation of your rig. Needing to overclock it just to obtain the same performance as a stock model that's only a few quid more expensive means it wins our OC3D Gamers Choice as it has good gaming capability. However, if you want a more rounded system then the 2600X is a better buy, or even the Ryzen 7 2700. Speaking of which...

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review  

The Ryzen 7 2700 started off with the same type of performance that we had seen from the Ryzen 5 2600. The pricing is the same £30 behind its X rated cousin, and at stock there was a similar drop off in the scores we were seeing from our benchmarks. It's safe to say that we were slightly disheartened by this turn of events knowing we had hours of testing ahead of us that didn't look like causing any major surprises.

Oh we of little faith. Whilst the Ryzen 5 2600 needed its overclock just to match up to the stock Ryzen 5 2600X, the Ryzen 7 2700 took our overclock and ran off into the distance, to the point that in some of our benchmarks it outperformed the overclocked 2700X and in nearly all of them at the very least it matched the overclocked 2700X.

If you think that you'll be running your system at stock all the time then we'd probably spend the little bit extra and go for the faster speeds and higher performance available from the X model, but if you're willing to invest a little bit of time into your overclock to ensure that everything remains stable - and you have plenty of cooling capacity - then the Ryzen 7 2700 is the equal of its more expensive stablemate. It's the type of processor that speaks to our inner being. We love the concept of free performance. We adore the idea of taking something that is more affordable and tweaking it until it matches the next one up in the range. In these fiscally prudent times that is an idea which is even more attractive than ever before, and thus the ability of the Ryzen 7 2700 to match up to its bigger brother when overclocked means that it wins our OC3D Performance Award.

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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