AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen 2 2700X Zen+ CPU Review

AMD has made a huge push back into the CPU market over the last year with its Ryzen CPUs for the desktop market. The Ryzen started the Thread Wars and Intel has tried to answer. We are reviewing the 2nd generation Ryzen today. Did AMD take an already great CPU and make it better?

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System Setup

Our system setup is very simple, just two motherboards used, and I literally dropped our 1800X and 2700X into the AM4 socket back and forth for system configurations. I never changed any hardware configurations between the two.

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Comparison Configuration

We are showing you three comparisons in our benchmarks. Let me go through each of these and discuss how these are set up.

2700X vs 1800X @ 4GHz

For the entirety of our Ryzen (1) testing in the past, we have used a 4GHz / 3200MHz overclock for all our benchmarks, so I settled on this for our comparison. The 1800X and the 2700X are both clocked at 4GHz/3200MHz with identical RAM timings. Even changing over from the 1800X to 2700X CPU, I did not even need to touch the UEFI. Odd but satisfying.

2700X vs 8700K Overclocked

For this comparison we ran the 2700X at 4.2GHz with a 3400 memory bus. A 3400MHz kit was supplied by AMD, and when set in the UEFI, it booted right up with no issues. The 8700K was run at 5GHz with a 3600MHz memory bus. This has been our "goto" clocks for our Coffee Lake testing since its launch.

2700X Stock vs 8700K Stock

As for the CPU clocks on this matchup, I simply set the motherboard to optimized defaults, then turned off UEFI toggles that would not allow Turbo and Precision Boost to work as intended. Outside of that nothing in terms of CPU was touched. For the memory, we went with what are stock RAM clocks. For the 8700K, Intel spec calls for 2666MHz. For the 2700X, spec calls for 2933MHz.

Cooling

Our CPUs today are going to be cooled with a custom loop from XSPC consisting of a RayStorm Pro waterblock, RX480 V3 Radiator, and D5 Photon Reservoir/Pump Combo V2. We use Prolimatech PK-1 TIM.