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I'm very happy with my decision to upgrade
April 24, 2018
I just upgraded from a 1700X to a 2700X. With stock clocks, under a full load, the 2700X clock speeds (4Ghz) are 500Mhz faster than with my 1700X (3.5Ghz). And DDR4 memory speed was able to be increased from 2933 to 3200Mhz using 4 x 8GB DDR4 modules. Both of these improvements made the upgrade worth it to me. Turn on Gaming Mode through the use of AMD Ryzen Master Utility and CPU clock speeds increase dynamically up to 4.3Ghz! Needless to say, AMD has outdone themselves this time. I'm very happy with my decision to upgrade :D
- Price for performance can't be beat vs. 1st gen Ryzen and existing Intel CPUs; i.e. the 2700X is $30 cheaper than a 8700K
- Backward compatible with X370 and B350 motherboards (with the right BIOS update)
- Noticeable higher clock speeds vs. 1700X, especially under full load - up to 500Mhz faster clock speeds!
- Precision Boost 2.0 and XFR2 are built into the CPU, which means these features are intact and work even with an older X370 motherboard
- Improved compatibility with higher DDR4 memory speeds vs. 1700X
- Operating temperatures are about the same in spite of the fact the CPU having a 10W higher TDP rating vs. 1700X
- AMD's Ryzen Master Utility really does work!
- Wraith Prism CPU cooler is included and is adequate for stock CPU speeds
- Very limited overclocking headroom unless extreme cooling is used; i.e. LN02
- Anticipated future release of the higher clocked 2800X variant may cause buyer's remorse to those that just bought a 2700X
- Motherboard related and not really an issue of the 2700X; the X470 chipset is not really an improvement in most areas and features vs. the X370 chipset
- Best DDR4 memory speeds can only be achieved by using 2 of the 4 DIMM slots; 3666Mhz has been achieved with 2 memory sticks, but only 3200Mhz has been achieved using 4 memory sticks
- No native increase in supported PCI-E lanes (24) from the CPU (not including X470 or the upcoming Z490 chipset improvements)
Bottom line, is it worth upgrading to the 2700X? It all depends on what PC hardware you have now and how you want to spend your money. For example, if you own a GTX1060 or RX 570, a GPU upgrade will most likely give you a much better performance increase than upgrading from a 1700X to a 2700X. But, if you have a PC that's 5 years or older, I would say it might be worth upgrading if you have a need for multitasking on your computer. If you game, stream, play music, while running hardware monitoring tools all at the same time, then the 2700X is definitely for you!