The initial release of AMD’s newest CPU wasn’t exactly the most smooth launch in their history. Problems with initial BIOS files potentially reduced the performance ceiling and there were some concerns, bordering on conspiracy theories, surrounding the CCX design and intra-CCX communication latency and how that effects performance. As the dust has settled and a few Windows updates have surfaced that theoretically fix a scheduling issue, we’ve managed to perform a few more tests to more conclusively how AMD’s newest CPU, the 1800X specifically, actually performs.

AMD Ryzen 1800X Part 2

Ryzen 7 1800X poses a good value proposition

During our initial testing we saw that in computation heavy loads it scaled very well with the number of threads active, capable of spreading out it’s ample resources to even slightly surpass a 1:1 ratio of performance among well-threaded workloads. And in integer heavy workloads, Ryzen 7 shined above the competition, though not always by a large margin. This gave us pause to think that perhaps this simply means that the architecture is fantastic at different workloads, and is of course not compatible directly to Intel. Different arch’s work differently and thus do well at different things. Simple at its core, but something oft forgotten when debating the merits of one processor over the next.

For part 2 we have a tremendous number of benchmarks, both gaming and otherwise, to help show how it performs in real (sometimes canned, however) situations. One-off synthetic tests that show weaknesses are great at explaining some of the new features inherent in a design, but that’s all. How does this processor, the Risen 7 1800X, actually perform in things that I actually do? That’s the more important question. And one that we hope we can at least help answer for you.

Benchmark Systems Setup

AMD Ryzen

Intel i7-6900K

Intel i7-7700K

AMD Ryzen 7 1800XIntel i7 6900KIntel i7-7700K
GIGABYTE AX370 Gaming 5GIGABYTE X99 Gaming UltraGIGABYTE Z270X Gaming Ultra
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3000MHzCorsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3000MHzCorsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3000MHz
Sandisk Extreme II 240GBSandisk Extreme II 240GBSandisk Extreme II 240GB
Seagate 4TB SSHDSeagate 4TB SSHDSeagate 4TB SSHD
Gigabyte GTX 1080 Windforce 3XGigabyte GTX 1080 Windforce 3XGigabyte GTX 1080 Windforce 3X
Corsair AX 1200iCorsair AX 1200iCorsair AX 1200i
Noctua NH-U12SCooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 120Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 120
  • Atomizer

    Great review. 👍

  • Emerest Thisk

    Very good review. Too many other tech sites just compared Ryzen to a 7700K and ignored the price compared to Intel’s HEDTs. Ryzen is far more future proof than a 4-core CPU like the 7700K. I wouldn’t recommend anyone buy one of those given their current price in 2017.

  • Adam Brusselback

    I’d highly recommend reaching out to an expert before trying to run a database benchmark unless you know what you’re doing. Those multithreaded results look highly suspect.

    The Postgres mailing list is pretty friendly to those types of questions, as is the Slack channel and IRC.

  • TJ Harley

    Great review. This finally gives me the information I have been looking for. Next upgrade I will be going Ryzen all the way.

  • Samuel Alterio

    Going to give it a few months to finish working the kinks out of the BIOS (and save a little money) then I’m building a PC with an AMD CPU.

  • James Sneed

    The RX480 results were interesting.

  • Bob

    Pretty easy decision considering performance and price. Not only is it the multi-thread king right now, it’s a fraction of the price.

  • Apothecary

    Great review, man. Thx for throwing in Company of Heroes 2, I was very interested in its results and how it compares with my current FX, since its very hard on CPU calculations.