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AMD Ryzen 7 2700 review: 8-core processor capable on a budget

diciembre 26, 2019

Building a custom PC is becoming easier day by day and with the launch of AMD's Ryzen second generation processors, gamers and professionals can now create a high-performance PC on a tight budget. Today we will take a close look at one of the most popular processors in the range, the Ryzen 7 2700 (Rs. 26,652), an octa-core processor that comes bundled with a Wraith SPIRE LED cooler.

Built on a new 12nm LP process, AMD's Ryzen 7 2700 has been synchronized to one base clock speed of 3, 2 GHz, with a maximum boost clock of 4, 1 GHz . Before entering the review, let's take a look at the specifications of the Ryzen 7 2700:

Ryzen 7 2700 Specifications

Core CPU8
CPU threads16
Basic clock3.2GHz
Max Boost Clock4.1GHz
Total L1 Cache768KB
Total L2 Cache4MB
Total L3 Cache16MB
unlockeds
CMOS12nm FinFET
PackageAM4
PCI Express versionPCIe 3.0 x 16
TDP65W

Ryzen 7 2700 Features

The Ryzen 7 2700 packs a number of extraordinary functions that work to improve overall processor performance. These include:

  • AMD Precision Boost 2 technology

An iterative update to AMD Precision Boost technology that debuted with the first generation Ryzen processors, Precision Boost 2 technology allows the processor to monitor their power consumption and temperature to allow users to safely overclock the processor . The technology allows the processor to evaluate when it runs smoothly at a particular frequency and thus increase the clock speed in precise steps of 25 MHz to ensure stability.

The Extended Frequency Range or AMD's XFR technology, which also debuted with the first generation Ryzen processors, also had a significant impact. With XFR 2, overclocking enthusiasts will be able to overclocking their processors far beyond the limits of Precision Boost . However, in order to utilize the technology, users will have to invest in a premium processor cooling system for higher multicore performance. Technology too fully automated and requires no user input, which means even novice users will be able to overclock the processors as long as they have a decent cooler.

AMD's second-generation Ryzen chip also has a feature called Neural Net Prediction, which uses an artificial neural network to evaluate a user's workload and anticipate the next steps to optimize the workflow in real time . The company claims that Neural Net Prediction technology has the ability to significantly improve performance, keeping one step ahead of apps and games to guide them towards the most efficient path.

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700 also features support for AMD's StoreMI technology, which uses software for combine the speed of an SSD with the capacity of an HDD to create a single drive, fast and easy to manage . AMD StoreMI technology is part of every motherboard that has an AMD X399 or 400 chipset, but users with a 300 series chipset will have to pay an additional fee to purchase the Enmotus FuzeDrive software, which has the same purpose.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700 test bench

Our Ryzen 7 2700 test rig, on which we tested processor performance by running a couple of challenging benchmarks and games, included the following components:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 2700 processor
  • ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate motherboard
  • 8GB x2 G Skill Flare X-Series DDR4 RAM
  • GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Performance

Note: For the purpose of this review, AMD has provided us with a Wraith PRISM cooler. The product comes with a Wraith SPIRE cooler, which is a good option only if you don't plan to overclock the Ryzen 7 2700. In case you intend to overclock the processor, you need to invest further in better cooling solution.

To test the performance of the Ryzen 7 2700, I put it first on a series of synthetic benchmarks. I ran the benchmarks, both at the base clock speed of the processor of 3, 2 GHz and at an overclocked speed of 4, 0 GHz. Here's how the Ryzen 7 2700 was run when running the following benchmarks:

I started my tests with PCMark 10, where AMD Ryzen 7 2700 managed to guarantee 5320 points at basic clock speed . The processor received 8361 points in the Essentials tests, 6744 in the productivity tests and 7249 in the digital content creation tests. After overclocking the 4.0GHz processor, I saw a significant jump in performance that was clearly reflected in the scores. Operating at 4, 0 GHz, the Ryzen 7 2700 managed to score 5832 in PCMark 10, with individual best scores in all three types of tests across the board.

I subsequently ran VRMark on the system and the Ryzen 7 2700 managed to score 7988 at its base clock of 3, 2 GHz . The system managed to sustain an average frame rate of 174, 14 FPS, which was well above the target frame rate of 109 FPS and the Oculus Rift specific minimum frame rate of 81 FPS. After overclocking the 4, 0 GHz processor, the system managed to score 8778 in VRMark, with an average frame rate of 191, 37 FPS.

The system also developed quite well in Geekbench 4, managing to get it 3834 in the single-core test and 19927 in the multi-core test at the base clock speed. After overclocking the system managed to score 4273 in the single-core test and 22397 in the multi-core test, another significant increase in performance.

In the Cinebench R15 CPU test, the Ryzen 7 2700 managed to score 1493 points while spinning at speed of clock 3.2GHz. Once the processor has been overclocked to 4, 0 GHz, the system managed to get 1774 points in the same test, which shows how much overclocking can make a difference.

To test the rendering ability of Ryzen 7 2700, I made Mike Pan's BMW Benchmark from the Blender demo archive. At the base clock, the Ryzen 7 2700 managed to complete the rendering process in 321, 83 secondswhich was not bad on its own. But processor performance has been further improved once overclocked and they have managed to render the same image in 265, 84 seconds .

Next, I tested the processor's game performance, once again at both the base clock speed and a 4.0GHz overclock. While the differences in the benchmarking results were quite significant, the games in our test were unable to take full advantage of the higher clock speed, which was why there was minimal difference in the scores. Which means that although you won't notice a significant improvement in game performance in most games, there will be a significant improvement in performance when running processor-intensive games. Here is how the Ryzen 7 2700 performed during the game:

To test the game performance of the Ryzen 7 2700, I first ran Far Cry 5 on the test bench with maximum settings of 1080p. According to the benchmark within the game, the system managed to push one average of 75 FPS, with a base clock speed of 3, 2 GHz, up to 94 FPS and up to 58 FPS. In-game benchmark execution after processor overclocking has passed the average frame rate at 79 FPS, reaching up to 95 FPS and up to 64 FPS.

Although Metro Last Light is a bit old now, its benchmark in the game still can push any system to its limits. At the basic clock speed, the system managed to push in average 81 FPS, going up to 138 FPS and going down to 21 FPS, with the highest graphics settings at 1080p. Once overclocked, the system managed to push on average 96 FPS, going up to 156 FPS and going down to 21 FPS.

In PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, the system managed to swing around one average of 76 FPS with the highest graphics settings and 1080p resolution. The system managed to push up to 97 FPS at times, but even dropped to 58 FPS when it was in large cities with many players around. The difference in performance after overclocking was very low, with the system managing to push in average 82 FPS, lowering to a minimum of 65 FPS and reaching up to 99 FPS.

Finally, in Monster Hunter World, the system managed to push in average 83 FPS at the highest graphics settings when running the game at 1080p resolution. The system was able to push a maximum of 108 FPS, which occurred only by pointing the camera towards the sky, and falling down to 58 FPS while trying to hunt monsters. The performance with an overclocked processor was not much better, with the system being able to push 90 FPS on average, while reaching 110 FPS and falling to 61 FPS while hunting monsters.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700: should you buy?

For the price, the Ryzen 7 2700 (Rs. 26.652) is an excellent processor for both professionals and players. However, to make the most of the 2700 Ryzen 7, you will have to overclock it and to do so you will have to invest further in a better cooling solution . The included Wraith SPIRE cooler is not ideal for overclocking and will not be able to keep the processor cool enough at higher clock speeds. In case you don't want to overclock the processor, it would be a wiser choice to invest in Ryzen 7 2700x (Rs. 31.748), which has a higher base clock speed of 3.7GHz.

Professionals:

  • High energy efficiency
  • Value for money
  • Great multi-core performance
  • Unlocked for overclocking

Versus:

  • Backup cooler not sufficient for overclocking
  • Single-core performance does not live up to competing Intel processors
  • No integrated graphics processor

AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Review: great multi-core performance at a reasonable price

Well, this completes our AMD Ryzen 7 2700 review. As I said before, the processor is a great octa-core option for professionals and gamers on a budget. The processor not only can handle most AAA titles with relative ease, but features 8 cores and 16 threads which ensure that it will be able to run even the most demanding CPU applications without a hitch. However, for optimal performance, you will have to overclock the processor and, if you are not comfortable with overclocking or if you are unfamiliar with the procedure, you should consider the Ryzen 7 2700x slightly more expensive.

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