ASUS's Crosshair VI Hero's UEFI is easy to use for overclocking. Their UEFI automatically sets 1.45v and LLC when you set a multiplier of 40x, and that is the top level of VDD that AMD recommends for short term overclocks. Setting AI OC Tuner to DOCP (AMD's version of XMP) makes it very easy to overclock your memory and will automatically set memory frequency, timings, and voltage.
I measured the voltage that ASUS's motherboard provides, and I have to say that CPU-Z's reading is too high, when I see 1.52v I am actually at 1.45v. ASUS is also increasing the SOC voltage to 1.18v.
The Ryzen 7 1700X overclocks to the same levels as the 1800X, 4GHz on all cores stable is possible. However, I was also able to boot into Windows at 4.1GHz on all cores, but it was only stable enough to take a screenshot. I couldn't boot 4.1GHz on all cores with the 1800X. The 1700X overclocks like the 1800X, and that is a big deal since frequency is the only difference between the two CPUs.
The 1700 does overclock, but it's not as good at overclock both the CPU and memory as the 1700X and 1800X. The 1800X could handle the 2933MHz memory, and 4GHz CPU overclock with ease, while the 1700X needed a bit more tuning, but the 1700 couldn't produce the same overclocking results on the memory side. It actually couldn't even overclock the memory to 2933MHz, the best I could do was 2667MHz, but my sample could be to blame.
Regardless, the 1700 overclocks all the way to 4GHz on the core, and that is very fast, considering you will get 1800X 4GHz performance at a much lower price.
Ryzen Master is AMD's CPU overclocking tool similar to their WattMan CPU overclocking tool, for overclocking the CPU in Windows. Its GUI is beautiful, and options are decent. It does offer the ability to disable cores to overclock higher, which could be very beneficial in games.
The 1700 has a TDP of 65W while the 1700X and 1800X have a TDP of 95W, that difference can be measured quite easily, and the 1700 shows much lower CPU power draw which also affects total system power draw.
The power draw of the 1700X is much closer to that of the 7700K than the 6900K.
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