The RYZEN 7 1700 is almost identical to the RYZEN 7 1800X in every way. It looks the same, it has the same number of cores (8), it can deal with the same number of threads (16), it’s unlocked for easy overclocking and it fits in the same motherboards. There are just three differences between it and AMD’s current flagship CPU.Today we're looking at the Ryzen 7 1700 - AMD's non X-edition CPU, which of course lacks a significant XFR boost - AMD's version of Intel's Turbo Boost.
Getting the CPU out of package we can get a closer look. On the top of the processor there is a big Ryzen logo. In the top left corner there it lists the model number, which in our case is the Ryzen 7 1700.
Flipping the processor over we can take a look at the bottom. Its been a while since I’ve personally seen a processor with pins in it!
The Ryzen 7 1700 is based on AMD’s new Zen CPU architecture, which replaces the Bulldozer architecture that the company has relied on for the past several years. The main focus of its development has been to improve power efficiency and instructions per clock (IPC) – the number of calculations the chip can do with each core for each tick of the processors clock.
- # of CPU Cores: 8
- # of Threads: 16
- Base Clock Speed: 3GHz
- Max Turbo Core Speed: 3.7GHz
- Total L1 Cache: 768KB
- Total L2 Cache: 4MB
- Total L3 Cache: 16MB
- Default TDP / TDP: 65W
- Unlocked: Yes
- Package: AM4
- Thermal Solution: Wraith Spire (LED)
The upshot is that the 1700 is potentially ideal for those seeking huge eight-core multi-threaded processing power for tasks such as video encoding, batch photo editing, file compression, encryption, professional 3D rendering or scientific calculations – but on the cheap.
However, it’s less suited for what most home users actually need from a CPU: fast, single-threaded performance. Most programs, including the majority of games, still benefit most from having a single-core run as fast as possible, which is the reason that the majority of laptops can still get away with having just dual-core processors.
The Ryzen series 7 processors are eight core processors at attractive pricing combined with an IPC increase of roughly 52%. They come with four integer units, two address generation units and four floating point units, the decoder can decode four instructions per clock cycle. L1 data cache size is 32 KiB and 64 KiB for instructions, the L2 cache size is a whopping 512 KiB per core. Two of the floating point units are adders, two are multipliers. One unit that holds four processors is a CCX (core complex). Ryzen 7 is an 8-core processor series and thus that means 2 CCXs x 8 MB (L3) + 8 x 512 KB (L2) = 20 MB in total for L2 and L3 caches.
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