AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Review

We have the 2nd generation Ryzen 7 2700 processor to review and we’ll be testing out its memory frequency if it has a difference when you’re running a faster RAM frequency.

Ryzen 7 2700 Specification

# of CPU Cores 8
# of Threads 16
Base Clock 3.2GHz
Max Boost Clock 4.1GHz
Total L1 Cache 768KB
Total L2 Cache 4MB
Total L3 Cache 16MB
Unlocked Yes
CMOS 12nm FinFET
Package AM4
PCI Express Version PCIe 3.0 x16
Thermal Solution Wraith Spire with RGB LED
Default TDP / TDP 65W Max Temps 95Ā°C

The second generation of Ryzens have been in the market for some time now. The difference between the Ryzen 7 2700x and the non-x processor are the base clock where the X is much higher with 3.7 GHz and a max boost clock of 4.3GHz. It also has a much higher TDP with 105W compared to the 65W from the Ryzen 7 2700. That means it has more head room in the overclocking department

The second generation of Ryzen processors introduce new features. Like the Precision Boost 2 where it has a smoother boost behavior throughout all the cores of the processor rather than the previous generation where it has an aggressive spike. It also has the Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2) where it operates across any number of cores and threads just like Precision Boost 2 rather than it has a restricted to a small number of cores with its 1st generation processor.

The second generation of Ryzen processors has a backward compatibility with 300-series motherboards making it versatile if you’re planning to upgrade your first gen Ryzen processor.

Comparing the 2nd generation Ryzen 7 2700 to its previousĀ generation Ryzen 7 1700. We can clearly see that it has a much higher base clock and max boost clock. The Ryzen 7 2700 has a 3.2GHz base clock and maxing out at 4.2GHz compared to its previous generation that runs at 3GHz and a max boost clock of 3.7GHz. The Ryzen 7 2700 also uses a refined 12nm CMOS technology compared to its previous generation that uses a 14nm CMOS technology. It is also the reason that is why it has a higher clock speed.

The bundled cooler of the Ryzen 7 2700 is good in terms of performance and aesthetics. It has features RGB illumination that lights up your system for a more lively look while still keeping the temps down from the performance of the cooler itself

The Ryzen 7 2700 SRP is $299 and the Ryzen 7 2700 SRP is $329.

Testing Rig

CPU Ryzen 7 2700
CPU Cooler Stock cooler
Motherboard Asus Crosshair VI Hero
Ram 2 8GB G.Skill Sniper X
GPU Powercolor R3 230
Power supply Seasonic Xseries 660w

Due to we have only had this processor. We would like to see how performance gain we will be having if you using difference frequency of memory. We will be testing out 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2600MHz, 3200MHz, and 3400MHz.

Cinebench (Multi-core)

Cinebench(Single-core)

Geekbench(Multi-core)

Geekbench (Single-core)

7zip Benchmark

Blender (BMW Render)

As we can see on the CPU Benchmarks, memory frequency has an impact on the performance of its CPU when you’re running a higher clocked RAM. But there are some apps that have no significant difference when you are running around 3000MHz and above. The reason why it has an impact on the CPU performance if you’re running a higher clocked memory is due to its architecture running on an Infinity Fabric.

Conclusion

Our impression of the Ryzen 7 2700 is Exceptional. It has a faster frequency compared to its predecessor. Its bundled cooler keeps temperatures down while keeping your rig RGB certified. If you’re planning to run it on stock clocks the cooler is enough. However, if you are planning to overclock your processor we’d advise you purchase a higher TDP rated cooler. The 2nd gen Ryzen processors support backward compatibility that makes it versatile if you’re planning to upgrade from your processor from its first gen counterpart.

The downside is that it has a lowered performance compared to its X conterpart the Ryzen 7 2700x (which is understandable). If you’re looking for a more price to performance worth purchase then we would opt to go for its X counterpart. It also gives you a generous amount of headroom in overclocking.