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    Re: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X (14nm Zen)

    Well this is very interesting... For the first time since I got into this hobby, if I were building a new system today I would probably put an AMD chip in it!

    Brilliant news for the consumer, and kudos to AMD for making CPUs interesting again

    Over to you now Intel...
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    Re: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X (14nm Zen)

    I would too. Waiting for Intel's response. Hopefully we won't just get a price war, but a performance war too. And I hope AMD doesn't get crushed!

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    Re: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X (14nm Zen)

    Quote Originally Posted by Firejack View Post
    However 1080p should always be included in any gaming bench. 1080p accounts for 43.23% of Steam users while 1440p is only 1.81% (http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey).
    Interesting... I thought 1440p was now the standard and I was one of the few peasant gamers still playing games at 1080p!!

    I must be spending too long hanging out with you Enthoo lot...!!

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    Re: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X (14nm Zen)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    Interesting... I thought 1440p was now the standard and I was one of the few peasant gamers still playing games at 1080p!!

    I must be spending too long hanging out with you Enthoo lot...!!
    One more peasant gamer here! My PC is mostly 8 years old, except for the graphics card which is about 4 years old. Does the job though and still enjoying the games at 1080p!

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    Re: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X (14nm Zen)

    Despite the cost advantage of 1080p monitors, I went with 1920x1200 IPS as I really like the extra vertical height for web browsing, documents, etc., and I do prefer it for gaming. I've been pondering switching up to 4K, but am unsure of the lower height aspect ratio.

    One aspect of Ryzen that has disappointed me a little was the limited nature of XFR. Perhaps I misread earlier reports on what it was going to do, but it sounded like it would allow a CPU to auto-oc as long as there was thermal headroom; I was surprised it actually has a limit of +100 or +200MHz depending on CPU model. Still, I suppose a genuinely "unlimited" auto-oc would be much more difficult to implement safely, it'd need to have some kind of specified max voltage threshold, etc. Perhaps in the future AMD will try something more flexible, eg. something that makes an individual CCX boost up a lot higher if the current active threads can be pulled locally into one CCX, but that will need improvements in OS tuning.

    Overall though, very impressed, and I'm sure single-threaded and gaming performance will improve over time as optimisations come along. If anything it's better than I was expecting, given the way most code has been Intel focused for such a long time now. That Ryzen can do this well right of the bat is remarkable.

    However, I do think for some solo pro users they might be better off waiting to see what comes along with Naples, and/or how Intel responds. The 64GB RAM limit and lesser PCIe provision of Ryzen is a bit on the low side for some pro tasks, especially AE. Still, it's an excellent kickup for anyone stuck on older tech who's been put off by newer Intel pricing (one just has to be content with the stock performance), though I'm not sure it would be that much of a boost for anyone who's using a decent X79 setup (eg. 1700X is 26% faster than a 3930K @ 4.7 for CB); I plan on building a 1700X rig to run some tests. Definitely good though for anyone planning on a fresh build.

    Ian.

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