Menu

logo

Ryzen 7 1700 : Welcome Back AMD! Featured

AMD's Ryzen CPU line-up has been one of the most anticipated technology product releases in a long time and yes it has been worth the wait. We were all wondering if Ryzen would stack up to AMD's hype and the collective hope of the community - thankfully, AMD has delivered their new platform in a move certain to disrupt the CPU market of 2017. The ageing AM3+ platform has lasted longer than it probably should have and the CPU market has seen a distinct lack of competition at the top end for at least the last 5 years.

ryzen header

Times have changed since the previous Bulldozer generation of AMD CPUs - the gaming community have a wider range of needs with more consumers becoming 'creators'. YouTube, Game streaming, game creation and other digital arts are becoming more popular with software tools being made easier to learn, more freely available and able to utilise multiple CPU cores. With more community-based support for creative applications via tutorials, forums and instructional videos, anyone can try their hand at creating and/or sharing content as long as they have the necessary processing power at a hardware level. This shift from content consumption to content creation is likely to increase the demand for CPUs with more than the standard 4 cores.

Gaming engines are also more sophisticated in 2017 with heavier graphics, physics and data files. Whilst the graphics card almost always determines the immersion, no gamer wants to be bottlenecked by their CPU. This holds true for streamers who need their rig to be able to both play the game and simultaneously convert/stream the content to an audience.

The Ryzen 7 1700 CPU is the lowest priced offering in the Ryzen 7 series and as the most economical 8 core / 16 threaded option I was really keen to see what it offered in terms of performance. Our AMD supplied test platform included a Ryzen 7 1700 CPU with Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 motherboard and EK-XLC Predator 240mm liquid cooler. We made up the rest of the test system with other review sample components that you will see listed in the test system spec.

FAMILY

AMD Ryzen™

AMD Ryzen™

AMD Ryzen™

LINE

AMD Ryzen™ 7

AMD Ryzen™ 7

AMD Ryzen™ 7

MODEL

AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X

AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700X

AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700

PLATFORM

Desktop

Desktop

Desktop

Foundation

OPN PIB

YD180XBCAEWOF

YD170XBCAEWOF

YD1700BBAEBOX

TOTAL L1 CACHE

768 KB

768 KB

768 KB

TOTAL L2 CACHE

4 MB

4 MB

4 MB

TOTAL L3 CACHE

16 MB

16 MB

16 MB

UNLOCKED

Yes

Yes

Yes

CMOS

14nm

14nm

14nm

PACKAGE

AM4

AM4

AM4

THERMAL SOLUTION

Wraith Spire (LED)

TDP

95 W

95 W

65 W

Performance

# OF CPU CORES

8

8

8

# OF THREADS

16

16

16

BASE CLOCK SPEED

3.6 GHz

3.4 GHz

3 GHz

MAX TURBO CORE SPEED

4 GHz

3.8 GHz

3.7 GHz

Memory

MEMORY TYPE

DDR4

DDR4

DDR4

MEMORY CHANNELS

2

2

2

Key Features

AES SUPPORT

Yes

Yes

Yes

AVX

AVX2

AVX2

AVX2

XFR

Yes

Yes

Yes

AMD SENSEMI TECHNOLOGY

Yes

Yes

Yes

FMA

FMA3

FMA3

FMA3

AMD VIRTUALIZATION

Yes

Yes

Yes

The above table shows the 3 different AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs. On first glance, the 1700 looks like the runt of the litter. It doesn't have the Extended Frequency Range (XFR) that automatically increases the boost clock on a single core where a system builder has incorporated superior cooling and/or a performance-grade motherboard.

The TDP of Ryzen 7 1800X and 1700X is 95W but the lower clocked 1700 is only 65W which is great for people wanting a quiet system that generates less heat. The 1700 has stock operating frequencies of 3.0GHz-3.7GHz whilst the 1700X is clocked at 3.4-3.8GHz and the 1800X at 3.6-4.0GHz. It's important to note that whilst the 'X' processors have the ability to extend themselves a little further on one core with decent cooling using the Extended Frequency Range (XFR).

The key thing to note here is that all of the Ryzen 7 CPUs are unlocked so you can overclock them or force a constant speed if you want to tinker. I had our review sample 1700 CPU running at 3.9GHz without any dramas or stability issues with 1.3v. The price is also more appealing and on the face of the specifications represents the potential for a real bargain.

The new AM4 platform is the only platform AMD system builders need to worry about. The 1331-pin socket will support the 7th Generation AMD APU (Accellerated Processing Unit), Ryzen and the future "Raven Ridge" APU. This means that you can buy a board with an APU or entry level CPU, decide to become a power user, developer or content producer and then upgrade the CPU to the top end later without needing to change the rest of your system. Cheaper upgrades and the lack of a need to reinstall the operating system is very handy indeed.

Let's look at the Ryzen 7 highlights

Ryzen is built on a 14nm manufacturing process. Each CCX package contains 4cores/8 threads - AMD have incorporated 2 CCX packages with a shared cache. This is why the Ryzen Master application requires cores to be disabled in pairs and not individually.

DDR4 Memory support is identical across all 3 CPUs and rated up to 2667MHz and Dual Channel but we are already seeing motherboard manufacturers push the envelope here and there have been several BIOS updates from the board manufacturers to improve memory compatibility.

Ryzen 7 has Simultaneous Multi-Threading (two threads per physical core) with some intelligent cache and prefetch instructions. The cache is broken down as a 64KB for Level 1 instruction and data with 512KB dedicated L2 cache per core then an 8MB shared L3 cache that is accessible by all 4 cores of the CCX package. In the case of the 8 core, 2 CCX package Ryzen 7 CPUs, this this works out to be 768KB of L1 cache in total, 4MB of L2 cache and 16MB of L3 Cache. The pre-fetching algorithms were designed and implemented to enhance the throughput of the cache and execution engines.

AMD SENSEMI technology has the task of monitoring and managing the power/thermals of the processor. AMD breaks the explanation down to Pure Power, Precision Boost, Extended Frequency Range (only on 1700X and 1800X Ryzen 7 models as previously mentioned), Neural Net Prediction and Smart Prefetch.

  • Pure Power monitors the power draw, temperature and usage of the CPU to optimise the power draw for the workload which can result in reduced heat and noise (from cooling).
  • Precision Boost covers tuning performance with 25MHz incremental adjustments to the clocks peed in real time.
  • Neural Net Prediction looks at how the applications are using the CPU and prepares the fastest processor pathways for the application instructions based on past behaviour.
  • Smart Prefetch is achieved with learning algorithms that can identify the data used by applications and then manage access to that data by preloading it.

The new chipsets dictate what you can get out of the new AMD AM4 CPUs

Chipset

PCI Express® Gen3 Graphics*

USB 3.1 G2 + 3.1 G1 + 2.0

SATA + NVMe

SATA Express*(SATA & GPP PCIe G3*)

PCI Express® GP*

SATA RAID**

Dual PCI Express® slots

Over-clocking***

Enthusiast

X370

1x16/2x8 (AMD Ryzen™) 1x8 (A-Series/AMD Athlon™)

2+10+6

6 + x2 NVMe (or 4 SATA plus 1 x4 NVMe on AMD Ryzen™ Processor)

2

x8 Gen2 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)

0,1,10

Yes

Unlocked***

Performance

B350

1x16(AMD Ryzen™)1x8 (A-Series/AMD Athlon™)

2+6+6

4 + x2 NVMe (or 2 SATA 1 x4 NVMe on AMD Ryzen™ Processor)

2

x6 Gen2 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)

0,1,10

No

Unlocked***

Mainstream

A320

1x16 (AMD Ryzen™) 1x8 (A-Series/AMD Athlon™)

1+6+6

4 + x2 NVMe (or 2 SATA 1 x4 NVMe on AMD Ryzen™ Processor)

2

x4 Gen2 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)

0,1,10

No

Locked

SFF Options

X300

1x16/2x8 (AMD Ryzen™) 1x8 (A-Series/AMD Athlon™)

0+4+0

2 + x2 NVMe (or 1 x4 NVMe on AMD Ryzen™ Processor)

1

x4 Gen3 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)

0,1

Yes

Unlocked***

A300

1x16 (AMD Ryzen™) 1x8 (A-Series/AMD Athlon™)

0+4+0

2 + x2 NVMe (or 1 x4 NVMe on AMD Ryzen™ Processor)

1

x4 Gen3 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)

0,1

No

Locked

Notes: Features are preliminary and subject to change without notice. Customer should always consult the latest technical documentation for design and product specifications.
*Each SATA Express port functions as either two SATA 3.0 ports or 2 PCI Express® Gen3 lanes. These 2 PCI Express lanes can be combined with 2 general purpose PCI Express to form a 4-lane PCI Express port.
**SATA RAID through optimised driver. Does not include RAID for NVM Express.
***Performance thermal solution required for overclocking.​

Ryzen Master - overclocking made easy

This sounds like something out of a Karate movie but it really is one of the easiest CPU overclocking tools going around for the average enthusiast. We were able to overclock our 1700 CPU to 3.9GHz without touching the BIOS. 3.9 seemed to be a firm limit to the CPU in the end with our 4.0GHz overclock being less than stable despite tweaking and adequate cooling. Ryzen Master allows you to tweak the cores and disable them in pairs which can help in terms of temperatures, power usage and overclocks. There is a provision to save settings in pre-sets as well plus an easy to read monitoring strip.

We've been using Wattman a bit with our RX460, RX470 and RX480 testing so Ryzen Master felt very familiar to me from a UI and terminology point of view.

« Prev All Pages Next » (Page 1 of 6)
Last modified onWednesday, 05 April 2017 17:18

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

back to top