The AMD Ryzen leaks are coming thick and fast now. The latest CPU to be tested is the Ryzen R7 1700X, one of the highest spec models due to launch in March. The R7 1700X is an eight-core beast with 16 threads, clocked at 3.4 GHz Base Clock with a 95W TDP and packing a $389 price point. With a price tag like that it would ordinarily place it at the mid/high end of the CPU market, yet in terms of performance this is well up there with Intel’s highest-end $1000 offerings.
First of all, here’s our first look at the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X processor itself. Everything’s fairly standard procedure here; all the usual bits are present and correct.
Now onto the important bit, the performance of the R7 1700X. Someone has managed to get hold of one and put it through its paces in 3DMark Fire Strike. Specs-wise the benchmarker has clocked the 1700X marginally above Base Clock at a 3500MHz and is joined by 16GB DDR4 memory at 2133MHz.
As you can see it pulls in an almighty score of 17,916. For a little bit of context, Intel’s Core i7-7700K, which retails for $349, pulls in 13,430. It even beats out Intel’s Core i7-6900K, a $1050 monster with a 17,100 FireStrike score. In fact, the only Intel CPU which can beat the 1700X is the i7-6950X. This scores 19,740 and costs a frankly ridiculous $1,630. For Intel’s CPU that’s 8 cents per point, while for AMD’s R7 1700X it’s close to 2 cents. That makes AMD’s CPU four times better value.
AMD Ryzen R7 1700X 3DMark Fire Strike CPU Performance Benchmark
What’s really scary here for Intel is the 1700X isn't even a CPU at the front of the pack for AMD. Team Red's real flagship is the Ryzen R7 1800X, a $500 CPU with what should be a significant clock boost.
Another knockout blow from AMD. Has it really got Intel well and truly beat this time around? Or are you foreseeing some significant Intel CPU price drops? Let us know!