26
Apr
2018

Should I upgrade to Ryzen 2700X?

I’ve written about Flammenwerfer – my AMD Ryzen 1700X build that I put together last year. As is apparent on every tech YouTube channel at the moment, the Ryzen 2000 series has now launched. The question is – is it worth it for me to sell the 1700X and get a 2700X?

There are some things I have to think about with this.

  • Is the 1700X enough?

Yeah, probably actually. The most I tend to do is transcoding on it – and it’s a beast when it comes to that. Gaming-wise, the online benches do show an improvement in the 2000 series, but it’s only minor.

  • Would I need a new motherboard?

No, actually. From what I can tell the only main difference is StoreMI which allows you to combine slower and faster storage into a single drive – but I prefer keeping control over my storage so I wouldn’t use it anyway. The performance difference between X370 and X470 is negligible.

  • Would memory support be better?

Definitely – I’ve only just got DDR4-2933 working on my system (for a long while I was stuck at 2666). Even now the system does fail memory training every so often and boot loops a couple of times so that would be an improvement for sure. I’m already close to the maximum rated memory speed of my DDR4-3000 kit though so I wouldn’t see any real benefit.

  • Overclocking?

With the newer BIOS versions I have got the system to 3.95GHz on safe voltages on the 1700X – from the looks of things the 2700X does that kind of all-core speed out of the box and can reach the 4.2-4.3GHz mark. Would dropping £299 on ~250-300MHz be worth it?

  • Selling the 1700X?

I can find the 1700X on eBay (at the moment) for £150 ish – and I did keep the box. So that could half the investment of the 2700X.

Ultimately though, I bought the 1700X (pre-ordered, even) for full price – at the time around the £400 mark. That’s quite a decent investment I made – and I probably wouldn’t make back half its value today. Personally in my experience there’s never been a lot of return to me made with selling CPUs though – they depreciate in value extremely quickly. I sold my Phenom II X4 965 for practically a tenth of what I paid for it, so maybe making just under half back wouldn’t be so bad.

I’ve thought about it for a while – I’m not going to bother this time. The socket is expected to be supported for a good while – it may make more sense to wait another year or more for the next Ryzen to be released (or whatever it’s called).

Then I’d be happy to just keep the 1700X as a spare and as a sentimental item – it marks a return to the game after a ten year gap for AMD. I mean, have you seen how much Intel has had to pull their socks up to compete? You can absolutely thank AMDs Ryzen for your 6-core (and rumoured) 8-core desktop consumer Intel chips that have recently come out. We need competition – no matter which side of the fence you sit on.

I’d go for a new CPU and motherboard combination next time – X570 might have some actual new features I might care about and a new CPU architecture means more than a modest performance increase that we got this time around (~3%). Plus, the 1700X isn’t exactly slow anyway! Bring on next year!

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