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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X Review (Page 3)

Steven Bassiri | Apr 19, 2018 at 8:00 am CDT - 2 mins, 5 secs time to read this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: AMD

Cooler and Platform Improvements

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AMD also includes the Wraith Prism with the 2700X, and it's actually a very beefy cooler, perhaps the beefiest included with a CPU. It also has some neat RGB LEDs. I was told it's rated for 130W. The new cooler offers direct cooper to heat spreader contact, and it works quite well. It might be the most impressive in-box cooler we have ever seen. The RGBs are actually quite nice as well.

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AMD is also offering X470 motherboards along with the new processors. These new X470 motherboards have improved VRMs for overclocking, and many of them should offer much better memory overclocking. A lot of bugs and problems in the X370 chipset were solved as well, and vendors have done some interesting things on their new boards. You will also get out of the box support for the new 2000 series motherboards, while a 300-series chipset might require a BIOS flash. Now, here is the kicker, if you have a motherboard that has a BIOS compatible with Raven Ridge, you will have boot up support. That means you will be able to boot up into the BIOS (but not anything more) to perform a BIOS flash to fully support the new CPUs.

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AMD has also improved Ryzen Master to version 1.3. They have added on-die OC detection, so using each core's individual characteristics they can tell you which core is best. The core with the gold star is your best, then the silver star, and then those with a round silver circle are 3rd best. You will also get per CCX overclocking, a built-in stability tester, and support for Precision Boost Overdrive, which is like multi-core enhancement for AMD. Precision Boost Overdrive can also be found in the AMD CBS menu in the UEFI under platform features. AMD also added in three metrics that measure the motherboard's VRM performance, although that is self-reported by the PWM.

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AMD also took a decent amount of time to introduce us to SenseMI, which utilized software to improve the performance of data storage. It should greatly accelerate a hard disk drive while offering NAND-like speeds. It's available with X470 motherboards.

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The software will basically combine your storage tiers with RAM so that you could fuse together a 256GB SSD, a 2TB HDD, and 2GB of RAM into a single drive. It also supports the use of Optane memory, which has a similar function on Intel platforms.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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