AMD Ryzen 1700 CPU vs 1700X CPU Review

So there has been a lot of talk about what Ryzen CPU do you buy? The way I think is that you want to buy the least expensive one that will give you the best performance. That is exactly what we expect to find out here today. Is the Ryzen 1700 for $330 as good as the $400 1700X, or even the $500 1800X?

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Benchmarks Preface

We are making a big change in format today and there is a very good reason why. Showing you everything on our traditional graphs would show you very little. There is almost nothing to show in terms of comparison, and I am sure many of you will consider this a good thing! If you want to see 1700X scores, you can still see all that data with Intel comparisons in our previous AMD RYZEN 1700X CPU Review.

Today we will be using the charts seen below, and keeping those to all one page instead of laying these out on 3 or 4 pages.

The charts below show you how the Ryzen 1700 performs in relation to the 1700X at identical clock speeds (4.025GHz/3000MHz). Some of our benchmarks and applications report scores, and some report times to completion. If a DECREASE in score is good, it is noted in green text. If a DECREASE in score is bad, it is noted in red text. The same for increases in scores. And of course we note the increase or decrease in a percentage.

Synthetic Benchmarks

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While the 1700 "loses" all the benchmarks in this category, none of these benchmarks are outside of the margin of error.


Multimedia Testing

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Here we see a bit of a flip flop. In Blender, and POV-Ray, which are both real applications, the 1700 comes out on top, but again inside the margin of error.

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Again here we are seeing 3 very real applications, not benchmarks. And again, the 1700 comes out on top, but not by any big degree with the exception of WinRAR. I went back and checked this over and over again, and I have no explanation for such a "big" delta in the WinRAR scores, which is still statistically inside the margin of error.


Gaming Benchmarks

As always, these benchmarks in no way represent real-world gameplay. These are all run at very low resolutions to try our best to remove the video card as a bottleneck. I will not hesitate to say that anyone spouting these types of framerate measurements as a true gameplay measuring tool in today’s climate is not servicing your needs or telling you the real truth. But these do very much give us a look at how a CPU scales on a gaming engine as a benchmark.

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And again we see tiny differences that trade off back and forth.