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
We ran real in-game benchmarks on three popular titles: Rise of the Tomb Raider (3rd-person adventure), DOOM (first-person shooter), and Rocket League (an e-sports title). We think they provide a pretty representative look at gaming today.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The Ryzen 7 2700 looks good here, but note that the lead it has on the other Ryzens is due to the Windows power profile we used - Balanced rather than the Ryzen Balanced used for the 2600X and 2700X. Note also that our overclock doesn't help performance - we think this is in part because it doesn't boost single-core speed significantly.
Performance of the stock Ryzen 7 2700 was exceptional here, even besting the Ryzen 7 2700X, and nearly equaling the Intel Core i7-7700K. Again, overclocking didn't help here. The performance was also very erratic from run to run (we did three runs), unlike the consistent performance of the stock 2700. It's possible that the OC isn't holding the same speed for all cores, even though we set them all at 4.05GHz.
As it turns out, all of our test platforms allowed the GTX 1080 video card we used to run at its maximum potential, achieving just over 210 frames per second on average. That's really, really fast, and it's the kind of number competitive e-Sports gamers probably like to see. The Ryzen 7 2700 in both stock and overclocked forms more or less matched the other processors.