Planning to build your first Ryzen system? This could probably the best time to buy a Ryzen 7 processor. Recently, we saw price drops from various (online) retailers. AMD’s flagship Ryzen 7 1800X went from $499 (launch price) down to around $457. The Ryzen 7 1700X is now selling at around $349 from $399; and the popular 1700 from $329 down to $300. The price drop varies from one retailer to another; Newegg usually offers the lower price but I noticed B&H has the lower price this time around. More details below.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X and 1700 Now Cheaper
The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X is currently the company’s flagship processor with 8 cores and 16 threads. The 1800X is clocked at 3.6GHz to 4.0GHz; the XFR boosts the CPU to 4.1GHz but it will only happen under the right circumstances. It’s better to manually overclock the 1800X to 4.1GHz instead.
Next are the Ryzen 7 1700X and 1700; both CPUs are very similar with the 1700X having a (slightly) higher clock speeds out of the box. It’s also more expensive than the 1700X, but based on our testing we find the 1700 to be the better value. It’s cheaper, comes with a CPU cooler (Wraith Spire) unlike the 1800X and 1700X; and it can be overclock to match the performance of a 1700X and sometimes even the 1800X (depending on the quality of the CPU you get).
AMD has also rolled out several BIOS updates already since launch. Currently AMD released the AGESA 126.96.36.199, proving support for higher memory frequency and better compatibility.
AMD Ryzen 7 Specs Comparison
|Specifications||Ryzen 7 1800X||Ryzen 7 1700X||Ryzen 7 1700|
|Codename||Summit Ridge||Summit Ridge||Summit Ridge|
|L3 Cache||16 MB||16 MB||16 MB|
|TDP||95 W||95 W||65 W|
|Base||3.6 GHz||3.4 GHz||3.0 GHz|
|Turbo||4.0 GHz||3.8 GHz||3.7 GHz|
|XFR||4.1 GHz||3.9 GHz||3.75 GHz|