AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Overclocking Review

With the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 down to as little as $255, now is the time for us to discuss exactly what the benefits, if any, there are to purchasing the 2700 rather than its more expensive 2700X. If you consider yourself a computer hardware enthusiast, and are building a new system any time soon, you will want to give this a read.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700 is the non-X version of the 2700X. So what does the 2700 not have that the 2700X does?

The simple takeaway is that the 2700 is clocked a bit lower, and is rated at a much lower TDP of 65W compared to the 105W of the 2700X. The 2700 still has a full 8 cores and 16 threads at your disposal.

We have written extensively about AMD's Precision Boost 2 and how it works with the 2700X and have a good handle on what exactly it does for its user. When you slide down the product stack to the Ryzen 7 2700, that can surely save you a few bucks, what is the overclocking enthusiast giving up in terms of performance, if any?

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As mentioned in the intro, we have seen the Ryzen 7 2700 priced as low as $255, which will certainly get a lot of folks attention. The 2700X is priced at $320, and comes with a bit better HSF cooler than the 2700.

We did a standalone AMD Wraith Prism CPU Air Cooler Review just to see how it stood up against other titans in the market, and while it did not exactly shine, you can see in our PB2 Deep Dive, if you keep your case very cool, it is certainly a viable CPU cooler option. However there are many of us, that are not going to use the included cooler, ever. So if you are not going to use the included cooler with the 2700X, is there also a value in going with the 2700 rather than the 2700X?

Through all our reviewing and data collection over the last couple of months, we have come to love the 2700X and its Precision Boost 2. But we really wanted to see if we could save some money and get performance on parity with the 2700X if you are overclocking the 2700.

On the following pages we compare the Ryzen 2700 using Precision Boost 2 with the 2700X and its Precision Boost 2 implementation. Then we manually overclock the 2700 to 4.2GHz, with a 3400MHz RAM clock, and see how it stands up to the 2700X and PB2.

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