AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Performance Review

Performance analysis of AMD Ryzen R7 2700X

On 19th April 2018, AMD finally took the curtains off their 2nd generation Ryzen CPU lineup, codename ” Pinnacle Ridge”. The Pinnacle Ridge line of CPUs consist of 4 models, Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X & Ryzen 5 2600. Out of these 4 CPUs, 2 are 8Core/16Thread parts and the remaining 2 are 6Core/12Thread parts. As expected, AMD has launched all these CPUs at a very competitive price point,making them extremely great VFM products.

Along with the new Pinnacle Ridge CPUs, AMD also launched the new “X470” Chipset which support the new features offered by these CPUs. The good thing is that Pinnacle Ridge CPUs are backword compatible with older X370,B350,A320 chipsets and the new X470 chipset supports the older CPUs. This means that if you have an older X370/B350/A320 based motherboard, you don’t really need to change/upgrade to X470 for the new CPUs to work,making upgrades very easy on the pocket. Although, if you do wish to enjoy the newer features like XFR 2.0 & Store MI, then you do need a X470 based motherboard.

There has been a lot of talk about these new CPUs being same Ryzen first gen CPUs on a newer 12nm fabrication process. Although we feel that that’s not all, AMD has fixed a few issues and shortcomings found in the 1st gen CPUs and also improved performance, overclocking potential, power consumption and so on.

Without further delay, let’s get on with testing the new Ryzen CPU,

Test Bench Specifications:

Hardware:

AMD Ryzen R7 2700X (8Core/16Thread)

Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero Wi-Fi Motherboard (Bios 8505/0509)   ( go to link Thanks : Asus India for the sample)

G.skill Trident Z RGB 4266MHz 8GB x 2 DDR4 Memory

ADATA SX900 128GB SATA SSD

Asus Strix Radeon RX580 8GB Graphic Card

Coolermaster Masterliquid 240 AIO Cooler

Coolermaster Mastergel Maker Thermal Paste

Superflower Leadex Gold 1600W PSU

Software :

Latest Windows 10 X64 version from Microsoft

AMD latest Chipset drivers for X470 provided by Asus

AMD latest Adrenaline Radeon GPU Drivers

Cinebench R15 Rendering Benchmark

Cinebench R11.5 Rendering Benchmark

Aida64 Cache & Memory Benchmark

Geekbench 3 (Latest Version)

Geekbench 4 (Latest Version)

Futuremark PCMark 10 (Latest Version)

http://oceanadesigns.net/quartzite/ Notes: 

  • The OS after installation was untouched to maintain consistent results
  • No settings in Adrenalin drivers was changed
  • No software tweaks/OS optimization tricks were carried out which can alter benchmark results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benchmarking Results:

http://taxi-24.eu/index.php?itemid=107' Cinebench R15

CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software Cinema 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation.

Cinebench R11.5

CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software Cinema 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation.

 As can be seen above, both the Cinebench benchmarks were run at 3 different clock speeds of 3.7 GHz, 4.0 GHz, 4.3 GHz. To keep consistency in the results, memory was locked at 3200MHz 14-13-13-28 1T. It is evident from the results above that Ryzen 7 2700X is an extremely powerful CPU when it comes to rendering performance and scales linearly with clock speed.

Geekbench 3

Geekbench 3 features new tests designed to simulate real-world scenarios. This helps make Geekbench an invaluable tool to determine how your current computer (or your next computer) will handle your tasks and applications.

Geekbench 4

Each CPU workload models a real-world task or application, ensuring meaningful results. These tests are complex, avoiding simple problems with straightforward memory-access patterns, and push the limits of your system.

Geekbench 3 & 4 are similar CPU intensive tests/benchmarks which simulate real world application load that gives a more realistic performance metric. This benchmark is very popular and used widely to gauge CPU performance.

HWBOT X265 1080p & 4K 

This benchmark evaluates CPU performance in video encoding at 1080p and 4K resolution.

Futuremark PCMark10 

PCMark 10 is the complete benchmark for the modern office. It is the ideal test for organizations that are evaluating PCs for a workforce with a range of performance needs.

The tests in this benchmark cover a wide range of activities from everyday productivity tasks to demanding work with digital media content.

 

AIDA64 Memory Benchmark (Read,Write,Copy)

Memory bandwidth benchmarks (Memory Read, Memory Write, Memory Copy) measure the maximum achiveable memory data transfer bandwidth. The code behind these benchmark methods are written in Assembly and they are extremely optimized for every popular AMD, Intel and VIA processor core variants by utilizing the appropriate x86/x64, x87, MMX, MMX+, 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE4.1, AVX, AVX2 and AVX-512 instruction set extension.

The Memory Latency benchmark measures the typical delay when the CPU reads data from system memory. Memory latency time means the penalty measured from the issuing of the read command until the data arrives to the integer registers of the CPU.

AIDA64 Memory Benchmark (Latency)

AIDA64 Memory Benchmark -Scaling

It is well known fact that Ryzen benefits hugely from Memory frequency since the “Infinity Fabric” is directly linked to the Memory clock speed. Therefore, any improvement in memory clock speed and timings translated into better performance.  We wanted to check how much effect does different memory clock speeds at tight and loose timings at same CPU frequency have on overall performance. Taking into consideration the inflated RAM prices currently, we think it is important to find out whether investing in high performance/high speed memory is worth the extra premium.

From the results above it is pretty clear that there are considerable gains to be had with premium Memory kits. Whether to invest in it or not is upto you but we highly recommend you do.

Conclusion:

With whatever little time we have spent with the new AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU, we must say that we are impressed and AMD has delivered yet again,improving what was alreadya very good product. Below mentioned are a few key findings from our testing,

  • The new Ryzen CPUs will overclock to 4.3GHz with AIO cooling (Custom Water Cooling recommended). It’s good to see that new CPUs are no longer restricted to 4.0 GHz like the previous gen CPUs. Althought it is sad to note that 4.3 is what you will get max under Water Cooling. Few CPUs might do 4.4 GHz but that is extremely rare.
  • Memory compatibility is much improved compared to what we saw in the early Ryzen days. Scaling is good upto 3600MHz but beyond that is a rough road irrespective of whatever kit you have. Under LN2, the scaling is much better but under normal circumstance, as of now 3600 MHz is the limit. Maybe it is too early to say whether it is the limitation of the IMC or the BIOS. Time will tell.
  • In our opinion, 3200MHz with tight timings is the sweet spot for optimum memory performance without compromising stability. Samsung “B-Die” IC based memory has no problem doing this but we are yet to check how newer Hynix IC and Micron IC based memory scales. We shall update on this soon.
  • If you are buying the latest X470 chipset based motherboards, expect Motherboard makers to release frequent BIOS updates to improve stability and performance. AMD will also release new AGESA updates to fix issues, improve performance, improve memory compatibility and so on. So keep this in mind. Same applies to older chipset motherboards too.
  • While testing, we observed that the VRM heatsinks did get warm enough to make us uncomfortable. Putting a high CFM 120mm fan over the VRM dropped VRM temperatures and CPU temperatures substantially and also improved stability. You might want to keep that in mind while building your new systems. Have enough ventilation so that your VRM remain cool.

That’s all for now. We shall begin testing the Ryzen 5 2600 soon and shall be sharing the results very soon. Stay Tuned !

Thanks,

Team OC Inc.

 

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