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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X – Review
So before we start, I have two things to say.
Firstly,I think the new tech coming to PC is quite neat. I also think that the ways AMD is doing to breakdown the Intel empire are noble and quite interesting.
But what I don’t find it neat is the diva-ish nature of the Ryzen 7, which I find needs to be sorted in the coming refresh. AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is quite powerful, but it’s the need of troubleshooting and various issues in the test, makes it quite hard to recommend.
With 8 cores and 16 threads that equals to base clock speed of 3.7GHz, it is one of few most powerful CPU in the market and though I wouldn’t recommend it myself (seeing that I am only a casual PC builder),it can be Overclocked up towards 4.3Ghz, but it might come with heating issues if you keep running it at this high of a speed.
See, I didn’t have a thermal paste on my workplace to replace the older paste left over, so it had gotten so heated at times that I had to let it cool by it’s accompanied fan for awhile. A bit of a nitpick? yes, but too much paste can do that.
But if you’re not bold enough like I did, AMD’s own Ryzen Master system can help you safely overclock it to around 4.0 to 4.1, which is still quite a lot compared to Intel’s speed, mind you.
Paired with the Ryzen was an assortment of items that works in tandem to play games on a Dell Monitor with a screen size of 1600×900. 900p is quite small but I believe this machine combo can do 4K and even VR if needed but here we are anyway. The Specs are:
GPU: MSI AMD RADEON RX 580 and for some test, YESTON AMD RADEON 570
RAM: DDR4 RAM 8GB
MOBO: ASUS CROSSHAIR VI HERO X370 MOTHERBOARD
MEMORY: 128GB SSD SATA, 1TB DELL PORTABLE HARD DISK
For the test, I picked five games that could have benefited with the power in hand and a software for video editing.
For starters, Forza Horizon 3 looks to benefit with the additional CPU power, with the setting being cranked to Ultra and unlocked 60fps. It’s usage is quite extensive with almost 60% CPU usage at times but it’s quite clear that the Ryzen is great for a fast-moving game like this.
Another fast-moving game that requires a lot of computing power is Project Cars 2, cranking it up to Very High sees the game not having that much issues with a full field of cars in wet weather condition (presets which usually tanks a CPU). So, score that for the Ryzen.
For open-world games, none is more credible for usage as a benchmarking game than Fallout 4. Cranking it to Very High, it looks quite good to the eyes as the game’s textures are 2K (without any usage of high performance mods) and runs above 60fps with dips at more intense firefights at dense places.
Nier Automata is on the testing list as the game is notorious for it’s shoddy port, even after the YoHRa Edition being released earlier this year. It runs smooth in 60fps on High and it makes the experience of playing it on PC far better with a capable CPU.
Lastly, I tried my hands on the team’s favorite loot-based game warframe, and fair to say this is the way to play it. It’s CPU usage is almost nothing due to the low requirement and paired with this combo, it’s fast computer = faster gameplay.
Of course, performance test is not complete without some real world test and this comes in the form of the video editing software Flimora Wondershare. This CPU could handle creating 4K videos from footage quite fast with the computing power available. So another plus for the Ryzen.
Pricing and Value
At this time, a Ryzen 7 would set you around MYR 1300, which compared to its closest rival,Intel i7 8700k (totaling at MYR 2300), it’s leaps and bounds far cheaper than their competitors but it comes at a cost of easy installation. Because boy,was this a ride.
An i7 could be installed and played on the spot while the Ryzen needs some voodoo bios workaround to make it run on the Crosshair 6. It took me a good day or two of learning it’s quirks to make it working on the hardware, as I kept getting the CPU is not ready LED constantly. But once I did get it to run,it was smooth sailing.
But I feel that if you don’t want to splurge i7 and also wants to tinker a bit on it, be it troubleshooting or overclocking, then Ryzen is your ideal CPU.
Though I might not recommend the Ryzen 7, being as that the next refresh is coming quite soon, but I feel that the choice of getting a generation down is preferable for those wanting to play AAA games until the next generation but doesn’t want to break the bank.
It will be one of the more affordable ones on the market quite soon and depending on your preference, it could be a long-lasting investment.