Intel Core i7-7700k versus AMD Ryzen 1700X 14 Game CPU Showdown

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AMD & Intel Test Systems

As we begin testing the system, we will allow both systems a 24-hour burn-in.  In order to keep the test systems as similar as possible, the same hardware will be used on both systems where possible.  The only differences will come in the form of the processor, motherboard and drivers.  The Intel i7-7700k test system will use the built-in Windows 10 Balanced power plan, while the AMD Ryzen 1700x system will utilize the new AMD Ryzen Balanced plan.

Ryzen 1700x Vs Intel i7-7700x

AMD Ryzen 1700x Test System

AMD Ryzen Test Platform
Processor AMD Ryzen 1700X Click Here
Motherboard Gigabyte AX370-Gaming 5 Click Here
Memory HyperX Predator DDR4 16GB Click Here
Video Card EVGA GTX 970 SC Click Here
Hard Drive Intel Pro 2500 180GB SSD Click Here
Game Drive Sandisk Ultra II 480GB SSD Click Here
Game Drive Kingston Predator 240GB M.2 Click Here
Cooler Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 Click Here
Power Supply Corsair CX 750M Click Here
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit Pro v1607 Click Here

The HyperX Predator DDR4 memory kit has some incompatibilities on the Gigabyte AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard.  We attempted to use the various UEFI updates provided by Gigabyte including several unreleased revisions.  This memory kit is capable of running 3200MHz with the XMP 1 profile, unfortunately we were not able to boot the system running XMP 1.  Using the XMP 2 profile, we were able to run at 2933MHz.  Attempting to manually configure the memory to run at anything above 2933MHz, the system was unusable.  While the HyperX Predator DDR4 memory kit is capable of running 3200MHz, we will be using the XMP 2 profile for all testing.  We ended up using the F3N UEFI as that was the most stable at the time for the memory.

In addition, while we would normally use a liquid cooler for testing the AMD Ryzen system, currently the Corsair H105 is incompatible with Ryzen, until Corsair gets the brackets in for release.  While we won’t be looking at the temperatures during this evaluation, we will keep an eye on them to make sure the AMD Ryzen doesn’t get over 70C.

Ryzen 1700x Vs Intel i7-7700x

Intel Core i7-7700k Test System

Intel i7 Z270 Test Platform
Processor Intel i7-7700k 4.2GHz Click Here
Motherboard ASUS ROG STRIX Z270G Gaming Click Here
Memory HyperX Predator DDR4 16GB Click Here
Video Card EVGA GTX 970 SC Click Here
Hard Drive Intel Pro 2500 180GB SSD Click Here
Game Drive Sandisk Ultra II 480GB SSD Click Here
Game Drive Kingston Predator 240GB M.2 Click Here
Cooler Corsair H105/td> Click Here
Power Supply Corsair CX 750M Click Here
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit Pro v1607 Click Here

We have selected 14 popular games for our testing.  Some of these games have integrated benchmarks, which we will use as it provides the best possible comparison.  Others do not include an integrated benchmark, so we will use FRAPS or AMD OCAT where necessary.  In addition, while DirectX 11 is the most commonly used API, DirectX 12 is starting to gain traction.  In addition, there is the OpenGL and Vulkan API’s which we will take a look at as well.

Let’s get started by taking a look at some DirectX 11 gaming performance between these two processors.

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