AMD Ryzen 7 2700X outpaces the Intel Core i7-8700K in more ways than one in first benchmarks
AMD's latest Ryzen 2 CPUs based on the 'Zen+' microarchitecture are now available for pre-order via retailers although, we are still a few days away from the official unveil. Spanish site, El Chapuzas Informatico has revealed some of the performance numbers for the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and the initial impressions seem to be very, very promising.
The test system for the new Ryzen 7 2700X comprised of the following —
- An unnamed X470 motherboard (due to NDA)
- G.Skill FlareX DDR4 @ 3200 MHz
- MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming Z
- Corsair H80i GT
- Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1200W
- SSD Adata SU900 256 GB
- SSD Corsair LX 512 GB
- Windows 10 64-bit
Intel has traditionally been the CPU of choice for enthusiast gamers owing to strong single-core performance but AMD can finally pat themselves on the back for delivering on the gaming front with Ryzen 2. The Ryzen 7 2700X beat the Core i7-8700K in gaming tests including Total War Warhammer 2 (4K Ultra), Resident Evil 7 (FHD Ultra), and Rise of the Tomb Raider (FHD Ultra) although, the numbers don't differ by much. In most other games, the Ryzen 7 2700X came within close range of the i7-8700K and also the i5-8600K, while leading by a fair margin over the last generation Ryzen 7 1700X in all tests. The improved clock speeds surely seem to have helped the Ryzen 7 2700X in scoring admirably in games. Going by these numbers, those looking for a good 4K gaming experience will be pleased for what's on offer.
Multi-core synthetic benchmarks have always been AMD's forte and it's no different this time. While the Ryzen 7 2700X lagged behind even the Core i5-8400 in single-core wPrime (32M), multi-core results in the same benchmark saw the 8C/16T Ryzen 7 2700X lead the pack. Similar multi-core strength was demonstrated in the Cinebench and x264 benchmarks. Temperatures were kept under 65 °C thanks to the new Wraith Prism cooler that replaces the Wraith Max cooler that was part of previous generation Ryzens. In 3DMark Fire Strike, the Ryzen 7 2700X comes within striking range of the Core i7-8700K while scoring leads over the latter in Unigine Heaven 4.0 and 3DMark Spy Time.
The Ryzen 7 2700X showed good potential for overclocking as the reviewers could hit 4.29 GHz on all 8 cores but the system seemed to be more stable at 4.19 GHz. The overclock was accomplished by swapping out the Wraith Prism cooler with the Corsair H80i GT, which managed to yield a 6.5% increase in Cinebench R15 and 0.6% improvement in 3DMark Fire Strike scores. AMD will talking more about XFR 2.0 and Precision Boost 2.0 technologies in its April 19 unveil where we will get to know more about the overclocking potential of these chips on compatible X470 motherboards.
Overall, AMD seems to have knocked it out the park with the Ryzen 7 2700X, if the initial benchmark numbers are anything to go by. At US$329. it does seem like AMD is looking to offer a potent combination of superior overall performance, higher performance per watt, and higher performance per dollar, which should entice a lot many buyers. We will of course, benchmark these chips ourselves in the coming days so stay tuned for that.