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AMD's new R7 1700X desktop CPU may outperform $1,000 Intel chips in some cases

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Here's a good indication that PC builders can get $1,000 performance from an upcoming $380 AMD Ryzen processor.

AMD is aiming to bring high-priced performance to processors with a smaller cost due to the huge gains stemming from its Zen processor architecture in its new Ryzen CPUs. We recently saw a leaked roadmap of what AMD intends to sell regarding its Ryzen processor family next month, and now we have a leaked benchmark of the high-end R7 1700X chip.

As we saw last week, the R7 1700X processor will be an eight-core 16-thread chip that will compete with Intel’s Core i7-7700K CPU. The processor’s benchmark went live on Passmark on Tuesday, which consisted of an entry-level MSI A320 AM4 motherboard (which can’t be used to overclock), and 16GB of DDR4 memory clocked at 2,400MHz. The chip was shown to have a base clock speed of 3.4GHz and a turbo clock speed of 3.8GHz.

The benchmark compared AMD’s unannounced processor against the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core i7-6900K @ 3.2GHz ($1,089)
  • Intel Core i7-5960X @ 3.0GHz ($1,000)
  • Intel Core i7-6800K @ 3.4GHz ($434)
  • Intel core i7-7700K @ 4.2GHz ($339)
  • AMD FX-8350 ($150)

Out of eight tests, the Ryzen chip outperformed all the others in five: Integer Math, Floating Point Math, Sorting, Encryption, and Extended Instructions (SSE). It fell into fourth place in the Prime Numbers test, fourth place in the Physics test, and second place in the Compression test. The big takeaway here is that the Ryzen CPU outperformed Intel’s two $1,000 processors in those five tests while outperforming the Core i7-5960X processor in the Compression test … at nearly half the cost.

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AMD’s R7 1700X processor will reportedly be priced at a mere $381.72. Even more, the R7 1800X will supposedly cost $490.29 and the R7 1700 will cost $316.59. This should not only bode well for AMD in the mainstream desktop sector, but the enterprise and server markets too due to Ryzen’s low cost, low power consumption, and its performance in the Integer Math and Encryption tests.

Ultimately, the AMD R7 1700X chip scored a CPU Mark of 15,084. Here’s the chip compared to the others:

Processor CPU Mark Score
Intel Core i7-6900K 16,475
Intel Core i7-5960X 15,615
AMD R7 1700X 15,084
Intel Core i7-6800K 13,356
Intel core i7-7700K 11,654
AMD FX-8350 9,278

As the scores show, AMD’s upcoming $382 processor isn’t too far behind Intel’s two $1,000 chips. Of course, this likely won’t be AMD’s fastest Ryzen chip on the market, as that is expected to be the R7 1800X model for a heftier $490. Still, if the R7 1800X matches the Core i7-6900K’s performance, that’s half the cost for mainstream desktop customers.

Finally, here are the results of Passmark’s single-threaded performance test:

Processor CPU Single Threaded
Intel Core i7-7700K 2,343
Intel core i7-6900K 2,095
AMD R7 1700X 2,046
Intel Core i7-6800K 1,975
Intel Core i7-5960X 1,964
AMD FX-8350 1,496

AMD is expected to launch four eight-core Ryzen processors next month under the R7 label ranging in cost between $319 and $500. There will be three six-core R5 units, three four-core R5 units, and three four-core R3 units as well.