I could write about how great this cpu is all night but I'll try and keep it short. I upgraded from an 1800x a few months back and i was a bit sceptical at first until i saw the numbers, my cpu will run at 4ghz all day long at extremely low voltage compared to my 1800x, for example i easily sit over 4ghz with my voltage below 1.275v, unthinkable on the 1800x. I decide to stick a h100i corsair cooler on it which almost destroyed my idea of airflow through the case (See pic 2) as i had to put the intake fans at the top because the 240mm radiator was too big to fit in the top of the case, only because the ram slots are quite high on the Asrock x470 Gaming K4. The trouble i have is my 1080ti also has its own radiator so my cases airflow really isn't optimal at all, but it still stays cool at all times. Even with this heatwave through europe the cpu never exceeded 70 °c at any time even without amazing airlow and ambient temps well above 40°c, this thing is a beast! If you want to run anything over 3200mhz ram then please take my advice and make sure the ram is samsung B-die. Im not sure why but ryzen really loves samsung B-die, I had corsair 3200mhz hynix ram that would run on my other b350 board with my 1800x or 2700x but not with the new x470 board, the timings are not right, ended up purchasing G-skill Flare X 3200mhz 16gb instead for ultimate capability. In short, dont believe the doubters, this is insane performance out the box with most ryzen 2700x hitting 4ghz straight out the box with under 1.3v, I mean would you really expect 8 cores to go under 30°c even with power saving off, amd cool and quiet and c6 state off? Im more than happy, I havent even activated precision boost 2 yet and look at those specs, i dont need to! I just let it thrive under 1.3v, its glorious!
Processor is buttery smooth and quick, upgrading from a FX-8350. Though I felt my 8350 was still reasonably quick, but the hardware was ageing, so an upgrade was well needed.
I combined this processor with a AsRock Taichi x370 (Latest 4.70 BIOS) and 16GB's 3000mhz Corsair RAM - with XMP enabled. I am receiving the correct RAM speeds.
The stock cooler is very nice, quiet from my point of view and more than adequate if you wish not to overclock. I thought about getting the 1700x, however if you factor in a decent cooler along with the 1700x, you are more or less paying the same price as the 2700x and this is newer, plus on 12nm technology as well as slightly faster stock and boost speeds.
I am very happy with my upgrade.
Note - to get the most out of Ryzen ensure you use fast DDR4 RAM, with XMP enabled in the BIOS settings.
The last time I owned an AMD CPU was the last time they were truly relevant IMO, in the Athlon X2 era. It's nice to see them back on form with sucess of the Ryzen 1000 series; and needing an upgrade to my aging Intel 3570K platform, I figured I'd give the new 2000 series AMD chips a go! I can say that so far, this CPU is a powerhouse that has not let me down.
Running this clocked @ 4.3GHz at 1.4V on all cores, 24/7, with no problems. In gaming, package temps are 60-70 degrees on average; with highs in the low 70's, using a Corsair H100v2 (including 10 degree temp offeset in anything other than Ryzen Master).
It's made such a difference to my minimum frames in games I was already playing. I no longer drop below 60FPS in heavily modded FO4 - Ultra settings except god rays, PUBG - Medium to Ultra settings, BF1 - Ultra settings: alongside my EVGA GTX 970 SSC. Minimum frames are important, and this CPU has helped tremendously over my old Intel 3570K @ 4.6GHz. Playing the new Monster Hunter World at 60FPS on High settings, I think I would've struggled with my old i5, as this game utilises every thread of the 8-core 2700X! 6 and 8-core CPU's really are important for a lot of modern games, so I'm glad I made the choice I did when buying this.
I only gave it 4 stars for installation as I've don't like AMD's pin on chip design, I think it's easier to mess up during install than Intel's pin on socket design.
Other than that I can definitely recommend this CPU.
Excellent processor, I decided to take the leap and upgrade from my old faithful, but ageing FX-8350 and i'm glad I did, the difference in performance is pretty great.
Just a heads up, use the Ryzen website & motherboard website to check compatibility with your board and RAM as there's a chance your AM4 board may need a bios update for this to work. It can also be fussy with ram compatibility, a website like ukpartspicker can be helpful to help you find a list of compatible components. I'm using a MSI x470 motherboard & Corsair Vengeance LPX Ram and it worked out the box with no bios updates needed.
The Wraith Prism cooler looks pretty with a RGB fan which can be connected to the motherboard to make this programmable & keeps it nice and cool at stock speed of 3.7ghz. Idle temperatures of 39 - 45 degrees celcius, creeping up to the low 50's when gaming. I haven't experimented with overclocking so cannot comment on whether an aftermarket cooler would be better suited for that.
For me this upgrade was a no-brainier, it's cheaper than the Intel i7 8700k and even can outperform it in areas.
Just do it, but check your part compatibility first.
The most powerful CPU I have ever owned. Been team Intel ever since I've owned a PC. But this CPU is amazing at multitasking and great for gaming. I have it in an Asus PRIME X370-PRO and 16gb Corsair LPX Ram.
It has eaten through everything I have thrown at it.
The Ryzen 2700x at the time I bought it was £289.99 and in terms of value and performance it was a no brainer between this and Intel's 8700/8700k. I've never used AMD CPUs before but I decided to take the jump and so far (3 days after my build) it's running very well.
1. Value for money. 2. Performance across the board, handles After Effects, Sony Vegas and my games BF5, CODBlackOps4 and Cities Skylines without breaking sweat. 3. Stock cooler is of a decent build with RGB lights, it comes with thermal paste on it.
1. Temperature. It runs hot. Even on idle it hovers near 50 celsius and I've got good airflow and good quality custom fans. Unload load (15 mins BF5) it hits 80. 2. The stock cooler, I'm going to run with the stock cooler for a few weeks but I will be replacing it cause clearly I need something better. It looks good and does a better job than intel's rubbish stock cooler. But you need a better CPU cooler even if you don't OC in my opinion.
I Bought this CPU as part of a new AMD PC Build to replace my Intel 5820k 32GB Workstation PC & its Snappy Powerful Performance is impressive. It never gets bogged down & unusable like an Intel Processor & i dont have to restart the PC just to regain some responsiveness. No matter how hard i try i cant stress or slow it down .... its simply a Must BUY :)
AMD Build Parts List
AMD RYZEN 7 2700X 8 Core CPU - 32GB GSkill Flare X Ram x 2x16GB Sticks - ASUS Crosshair Hero 7 ROG Motherboard - Corsair H80i v2 Liquid Cooler - ASUS ROG STRIX RX580 8GB Graphics Card - Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe HQ Sound Card - 3x LG IPS LED Monitors for video production & gaming - Samsung NVME PCIe M.2 500GB Drive - Samsung SATA 500GB Drive - Toshiba SATA N300 10TB NAS Drive - Corsair RM850x 80 PLUS Gold 850 Watts Power Supply Unit -
Summary: My Intel to AMD Experience - This AMD 2700X - 32GB Workstation PC Build Leaves the Intel 32GB Workstation PC in its Dust. I'll be putting my Intel PC Parts on Ebay lol :)
PS: 1: Dont buy Ram Slower than 2400Mhz for Ryzen - 2: Only Buy Ram like GSkill FlareX from the Official QVL List ( Qualified Vendors List ) which means its guaranteed to work with all Ryzen CPU's. :)