ProsExcellent multi-threaded performance; good cooler included; very efficient; lots of overclocking headroom
ConsOverpriced versus the 2700X, which is much faster, includes a better cooler, and costs just $30 more
CPU-Z Built-in Benchmark
We like to run CPU-z because it's a free, easy, and safe benchmark to use to get some baseline data.
Thanks to a 3% increase in instructions per clock cycle (IPC), plus a slightly higher standard boost clock, the Ryzen 7 2700 easily beats its predecessor the Ryzen 7 1700, notching a 12% win in the CPU-z single-core test, and 6% in the multi-core test. It's also way out in front of the Intel Core i7-6900K eight-core CPU, launched at $1,100 in May 2016. Oh, how the mighty have fallen! AMD's Ryzen series has definitely made it much harder for Intel to market its high-end desktop CPUs at high-end prices; the current-gen Core i7-7820X eight-core, which sells for around $500, is actually slower than the Core i7-6900K in many tests!
Once overclocked, the 2700 gets a big boost, at least with regards to the multi-core test. In the single-core test, the 4.05GHz overclock we were able to achieve barely exceeded the boost level that the 2700 hits out of the box, which was around 4GHz in this test. Because the 2700X has such a high boost level when operating on a single core (4.3Ghz in our tests), there's no way a 2700 is going to match it without some fine tuning of per-core overclocking ratios. And while not shown here, the 2700X was a capable overclocker as well.
Cinebench has quickly become one of the most widely-cited benchmarks, probably because like CPU-z, it's free and easy to use, and it has the added benefit of actually loading up the CPU with a useful task: rendering an image!
The Ryzen 7 2700 again puts up some very good results, offering performance 10-15% ahead of its predecessor. But while its overclocked numbers are very impressive, note how they compare to the stock 2700X - a small win in multi-core, but a bigger loss percentage-wise in single-core.
3DMark Time Spy
To give us another baseline, we're going to give you the numbers generated by 3DMark Time Spy, the newest in a long line of easily-comparable benchmarks from FutureMark. It's now owned by UL, the respected testing company previously known as Underwriters Laboratories. While it's marketed as a gaming benchmark, it actually has a very good CPU-specific test that provides a separate score from the graphics card tests, and it's the one we provide detailed data for in the graph below.
Time Spy harnesses Microsoft's DirectX 12, a lower-level graphics API than its predecessor DX11. It's harder to code for, but also allows developers to get "closer to the metal", i.e., the CPU. It should in theory take better advantage of all of a CPU's cores, as well as Hyperthreading (or Simultaneous Multithreading, in AMD-speak).
To interpret the results, we suggest you focus on the red bars (the Ryzen 7 2700's CPU Score). AMD has a solid lead here over Intel, and even if we'd had Intel's newest chips in this test, AMD still wins in terms of performance per dollar. But take note: a win in 3DMark's CPU test, which propels AMD to small wins in the overall score as well, doesn't necessarily translate to better gaming performance.