Power Consumption, Overclocking, and Pricing
Along with an increase in clock speeds over the previous generation of Ryzen chips comes a sizable increase in overall system power consumption. The Ryzen 7 2700X-based system uses about 20W more than the Ryzen 7 1800X, and the Ryzen 5 2600X -based system consumes almost 30W more power than the Ryzen 5 1600X that came before it.
Additionally, there is an almost 40W power consumption increase for our Ryzen 7 2700X-powered system over the i7-8700K.
Clearly, though the move to 12nm process technology opened some doors for AMD on frequency, it isn't without some sort of penalty on power draw.
During our short time with the Ryzen 7 2700X, we found there to not be very much headroom for overclocking.
While the R7 2700X in it's stock configuration is able to hit a 4.3GHz turbo frequency on a single core, the multi-core turbo is at 4.0GHz. In our overclocking testing, the best we were able to do was a fixed 4.2GHz overclock on all cores.
While this brings an advantage to multi-threaded performance, locking the multiplier at 42 actually hampers single-threaded performance. While our ASUS Crosshair VII Hero motherboard didn't seem to allow for per core multiplier changes, the Ryzen Master software should be able to handle that and give additional flexibility to overclocks.
It seems evident here that AMD's agressive clock speeds on these parts are at least partially responsible for their lack of overclocking headroom. This isn't a bad thing, it means even the most average consumer with a the stock cooler will get near the best possible performance. However, for enthusiasts who are into overclocking, this platform doesn't seem to be ideal for that.
- Ryzen 7 2700X – $329.99 (Amazon.com)
- Ryzen 5 2600X – $229.99 (Amazon.com)
- Core i7 8700K – $349.99 (Amazon.com)
- Core i5-8600K – $239.99 (Amazon.com)
Compared to the competitive Intel options, AMD's Ryzen 2000-series is less expensive by $10-$20 depending on the specific SKU. The top of the line Ryzen 7 2700X debuts at just $329, compared to $499 for last year's flagship SKU the Ryzen 7 1800x.
It's impressive what AMD has been able to do in the CPU market in just over a year. The launch of the first generation Ryzen processors last spring brought excitement and competition back to the CPU space.
Similar trade-offs exist with the second generation Ryzen processors as the first generation compared to competitive Intel processors. The Ryzen parts consume a bit more power, perform slower in single-threaded workloads, and take a hit on 1080p gaming compared to Intel's Coffee Lake processors.
AMD's Ryzen 2000-series of processors provide an incredible amount of value compared to similarly positioned products from Intel. The team at AMD continues to push the CPU market forward, providing benefits for all consumers. Ryzen has only gotten better in its second iteration, aging like fine wine. And they did all of this while cutting the price on their highest-end CPU offering from $500 to $329.
The Ryzen 5 2600X provides an immense value proposition compared to the Intel i5-8600K while outperforming it in many tests. Both price-conscious gamers and creatives alike will find the Ryzen 5 2600X a fantastic option.
AMD's new Ryzen 7 2700X handily defeats the previous generation Ryzen 7 1800X and remains competitive with Intel's i7-8700K in many tasks. Combined with the high-performance Wraith Prism stock cooler, and a $329 price point, this CPU is a no-brainer for enthusiasts looking for a multi-threaded powerhouse.