Page 11[What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600.
$30 Cheaper than "X" Series: You are basically saving $30 on each SKU compared to the "X" counterpart, and for many that will make sense if you need to shave $30 off your build and want the cores. You can easily get to the level of their "X" counterpart through overclocking, and that's a good thing for tinkers.
Overclocking : Both of the CPUs are fully unlocked and capable of being overclocked close to the levels of their "X" predecessors. AMD kept the solder TIM as well, so you will be able to cool them efficiently.
Cores and Threads: You get 6-cores and 8-cores in the same price range where Intel's offerings only offer 6-cores and many times without HyperThreading. AMD is still the core leader.
Included Cooler: Many of Intel's "K-SKUs" that Intel provides don't come with stock coolers, and these CPUs do. The coolers are decent for a mild overclock as well. The RGB LED ring around the Wraith Spire is a nice touch for the Ryzen 7 2700.
Base and Boost Frequency: It's obvious what is holding back these two CPUs; operating frequency isn't that high. Perhaps this is to separate the "X" SKUs and provide some incentive to go in that direction, but you can always overclock the CPUs.
While we were super excited and impressed by the 2600X and 2700X, we found the 2600 and 2700 slightly less impressive, but still excellent values. For $30 more you are just paying AMD for a slight frequency boost, something you can do for free. While most might say that not everyone overclocks, with Ryzen it's pretty significant, so you get that increased Infinity Fabric speed.
While people are in their UEFIs setting XMP to enabled, we highly recommend turning your CPU core frequency up to around 38x on all cores and see what happens. If you are afraid of going into the UEFI, then just use AMD's Ryzen Master software, which provides easy to use controls and can be used within Windows 10. If you are looking for a CPU with excellent price-to-performance value, and you like to tinker, then give the Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 a look.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: If you are looking to save a few dollars, like to tinker, and need cores then the Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 are excellent options for you.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [The CPUs and Coolers]
- Page 3 [Test Setup]
- Page 4 [Out of the Box Performance: CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
- Page 5 [Out of the Box Performance: Handbrake & MoreI]
- Page 6 [Synthetic Gaming Performance: UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 7 [Gaming Performance: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider & More]
- Page 8 [Overclocking and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]