AMD’s $499 Ryzen 7 1800X Beats $1700 i7 6950X With 1-Click Overclocking On Air Cooling

AMD's Ryzen 1800X is reportedly outperforming Intel's 10-core i7 6950X monster in reviewers' testing with one-click overclocking on air.
Editors of Turkey's oldest and biggest hardware and technology pub recently published a youtube video discussing Ryzen's performance and overclocking capability in testing conducted for their upcoming review. Whilst cleverly skirting around NDA they revealed a lot of information that's sure to excite overclockers. So, without any further delay let's get into the juicy bits!

Ryzen 7 1800X Beats The World's Fastest Desktop CPU With A One Click Overclock On Air Cooling, Surpasses 7700K In Single-Thread Performance

You heard that right! While the editors did not quote the specific clock speed they managed to hit with their 1800X sample, as that's still under NDA, they did reveal however that the 1800X is a phenomenal performer once overclocked. The CPU reportedly outpaced Intel's 10-core i7 6950X mammoth and even Intel's single-threaded king the 7700K in a single-threaded test on a Noctua U12S SE-AM4 air cooler with "one-click auto-overclocking".

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"Overclocking hasn't been a problem at all. Although we can't announce specifics regarding frequencies due to NDA I can say that the results are impressive and overclockers will be pleased"

"With our overclocked 1800X sample cooled by the Noctua unit AMD provided in the reviewer's kit we managed to surpass the 7700K in single threaded performance and the temperatures were great. We had no concerns about the temperatures."

"You can achieve a good overclocking result with one click and you don't even have to bother with manually overclocking/tuning."

"It seems ironic yes, but with an auto-overclock the 1800X has no competition. Not even Intel's 10 core 6950X can keep up with it."

"According to the performance we're seeing we can say that the 7700K will be history, even for gaming."

The Secret Menu To The Buffet Of Ryzen Performance Is One Click Away

AMD made a big fuss about overclocking Ryzen since day one. The company made an ambitious promise, that its competitor seemingly never even contemplated, of unlocking its entire Ryzen lineup to allow users to overclock any and all Ryzen chips. Suddenly a $329 Ryzen 7 1700 can be overclocked to perform like its $499 1800X bigger brother.

This obviously takes the huge value proposition that AMD is making with its very attractively priced Ryzen CPUs and multiplies it several fold when we take into consideration Ryzen's impressive IPC. The instructions per clock of the company's latest Zen microelectronic are significantly higher than anything it ever had before. In fact, according to the latest benchmarks that have made the rounds on the web, Ryzen offers even better single-threaded performance per clock than Intel's Kaby Lake.

This means that even the smallest of overclocks can yield worthwhile gains, especially for gamers.

Overclocking A Ryzen CPU - Ryzen Master, XFR & Auto-Overclocking

In its effort to double down on overclocking  by making it easier and more accessible AMD is introducing its own in-house overclocking utility called Ryzen Master. The new application gives users a simple to use interface with a fine-grained level of control.

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The application offers host of features that include :

  • Per Core Clock Adjustment For All Ryzen Chips
  • Enable / Disable / Set Core Count (0/2/4/6/8 as per needed)
  • Step Size: +25 ~ +50 MHz increments for Non-X and +100 ~ +200 MHz increments for X series chips (TBC)
  • CPU Voltage Adjustment
  • MEM VDDIO Voltage Adjustment
  • MEM VTT Voltage Adjustment (IMC)
  • VDDCR SOC (PCH Voltage Adjustment)
  • CAS Latency Adjustment
  • Row Precharge Delay (15 bus clock @ standard)
  • RAS Active Time (36 bus clock @ standard)
  • Read Row-Column Delay (15 bus clock @ standard)
  • Write Row-Column Delay (15 bus clock @ standard)

This, in combination with auto-overclocking features offered by board and AMD's clever Extended Frequency Range technology have made overclocking a Ryzen CPU an effectively effortless task. With one click being all that it takes to effectively add a few hundred dollars worth of performance to a Ryzen chip.

AMD Ryzen CPUCores/ThreadsCacheTDPCoolerBaseTurboXFRPriceLaunch
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X8/1620MB95WN/A3.6GHz4.0GHz4.1GHz$499March 2nd
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X8/1620MB95WN/A3.4GHz3.8GHz3.9GHz$399March 2nd
AMD Ryzen 7 17008/1620MB65WWraith Spire3.0GHz3.7GHz3.75GHz$329March 2nd
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X6/1220MBTBATBA3.6GHz4.0GHzTBATBAQ2 2017
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X4/812MBTBATBA3.5GHz3.7GHzTBATBAQ2 2017
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