Ryzen Revisit: RAM OCing, Windows Updates, & EFI Updates

By Published April 03, 2017 at 5:40 pm
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Additional Info

  • Component: CPU
  • Original MSRP: 400
  • Manufacturer: AMD

This first revisit to Ryzen’s performance comes earlier than most, given the tempestuous environment surrounding AMD’s latest uarch. In the past weeks, we’ve seen claims that Windows updates promise a significant boon to Ryzen performance, as has also been said of memory overclocking, and we were previously instructed that EFI updates alone should bolster performance. Perhaps not unrelated, game updates to major titles could have potentially impacted performance, amounting to a significant number of variables for a revisit.

Today’s content piece aims to isolate each of these items as much as reasonable – not all can be isolated, like game updates – to better determine the performance impact from the individual changes and updates. We’ll then progress cumulatively through charts as updates are applied. Our final set of charts will contain Windows version bxxx.970, version 1002 EFI on the CH6, and memory overclocking efforts.

Before Starting: Previous Ryzen Content

Just to catch everyone up to speed, here are our recent Ryzen content pieces:

Today's video, if you prefer:

Testing Methods

For today, we’ll mostly be defining the test procedure within each benchmark section, as there are enough changes from one test to the next that it makes more sense from a readability / flow standpoint. Our focus here is on the 1700X, despite our firm belief that the 1700 is the best chip, but we also have R7 1700 benchmarking in the Windows Update section.

The reason for loading the 1700X with the burden of benchmarking is two-fold: One, it’s the most recent set of data (and most recent review) that we have for Ryzen, meaning it’s fresher in everyone’s minds. Two, and more importantly, it’s a more linear comparison given the memory clock limitations on our particular R7 1700 sample (could not exceed 2666MHz without overclocking the CPU, whereas the 1700X could sustain 2933MHz for all tests). This restricts the amount of changes we’re making further, but the results for the 1700 will still be in several of the charts.

Important: Not All CPUs Were Re-Tested

We did not retest every single CPU in the bench. The goal was to focus on Ryzen – particularly the R7 1700 and R7 1700X. The 1800X, therefore, was not retested and does not appear in about 90% of the charts we’re posting today. The Intel chips also do not appear in about 90% of the charts, and were also not retested. Further, the memory overclocking effort has not yet been applied to the FX, 1800X, or Intel CPUs on our bench. For comparisons between “best light” 1700X chips (mem+core OC & Windows/game updates) and other chips on the bench, we’d also have to run the same memOC effort on Intel, alongside the same game & Windows updates.

So, then, the first half of the charts will focus strictly on the R7 CPUs being revisited. Some charts in the final gaming section will contain Intel/FX/1800X data from b693 test passes, which could have experienced similar performance changes as found with the 1700X tests in today’s piece.

Average FPS, 1% low, and 0.1% low times are measured. We do not measure maximum or minimum FPS results as we consider these numbers to be pure outliers. Instead, we take an average of the lowest 1% of results (1% low) to show real-world, noticeable dips; we then take an average of the lowest 0.1% of results for severe spikes.

Hardware Used

Core Components (Unchanging)

 

  • NZXT 1200W Hale90v2
  • For DDR4 platforms: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB 3200MHz*
  • For Ryzen DDR4: Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz clocked to 2933MHz (See Page 2)
  • Premiere & Blender tests do not exceed 8GB DRAM. Capacity is a non-issue for our testing, so long as it is >16GB
  • For DDR3 platforms: HyperX Savage 32GB 2400MHz
  • Intel 730 480GB SSD
  • Open Air Test Bench
  • Cooler #1 (Air): Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3
  • Cooler #2 (Cheap liquid): Asetek 570LC w/ Gentle Typhoon fan
  • Cooler #3 (High-end): Kraken X62

 

Note: fan and pump settings are configured on a per-test basis.

AM4 Platform:

ASUS Crosshair Hero VI

Used for R7 1800X, R7 1700X, R7 1700.

Z270 Platforms:

- Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 7 (primary)

- MSI Gaming Pro Carbon (secondary - for thermal validation)

- i7-7700K (x2) samples from motherboard vendors

Both used for the 7700K.

Z170 Platform:

- MSI Gaming M7

- i7-6700K retail

Z97 Platform:

- Gigabyte Z97X G1 WIFI-BK

- i7-4790K

Z77 Platform:

- MSI GD65 Z77

- i7-2600K

GPU: GTX 1080 FTW1

Dx12 games are benchmarked using PresentMon onPresent, with further data analysis from GN-made tools.

Continue to the next page for synthetic tests.


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Last modified on April 03, 2017 at 5:40 pm
Steve Burke

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