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Welcome to the ninth episode of our SkatterBencher series. This time we’re taking a look at the Ryzen 7 1700 processor, the most affordable member of the Ryzen 7 series which we first looked at in episode #8 with the Ryzen 7 1800X. The Ryzen 7 1700 retails for around $329 USD, an attractive price for an octa-core processor, especially one which can be overclocked. As always we’re going to show step-by-step how to configure the processor and the system memory to get that extra free performance. Then, we’ll run some benchmarks to see how much the performance has improved compared to stock settings.
As well as the AMD R7 1700 processor, in this guide we will also be using the ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard from ASUS and a G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 memory kit. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor is an octa-core chip that uses SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) to deliver 16 threads. It has a base clock frequency of 3.0GHz which can boost as high as 3.7GHz.Unlike the Ryzen 7 1800X, the 1700 processor does not feature XFR (Extended Frequency Rate).
Welcome to the latest in our Motherboard Memory Lane series on HWBOT. It’s a series of short articles that focus on specific motherboard and CPU platforms from the past. We examine chipsets that helped define the platform, the motherboards and CPUs that were popular on HWBOT at the time, and take a peek at some of the records broken.
This week our focus is directed at the Intel X58 chipset, a major component in Intel’s push to reign supreme in the top tier PC segment that we now refer to as the High-End Desktop, or HEDT segment. The X58 platform replaced the relatively short-lived Intel X48 platform and was for most gaming enthusiasts and overclockers, the platform of choice until Sandy Bridge and the P67 platform arrived several years later.
Launched in November 2008, the Intel X58 chipset was a traditional Northbridge/Southbridge design codenamed Tylersburg. It arrived in tandem with Intel’s latest Core i7 Series processors which were based initially on Nehalem, and later Gulftown architectures. One crucial difference between the X58 design and previous chipsets was that it no longer featured a memory controller - which had been moved to CPU itself. Whereas Intel had previously used the term Memory Controller Hub (MCH) to describe Northbridge chipsets, the removal of the memory controller meant that technically the X58 was an I/O Hub or IOH.
Welcome back to our Motherboard Memory Lane series on HWBOT, a series of short articles that examine specific motherboard and CPU platforms from the not too distant past. The idea is look at the chipsets that helped define these platforms, the motherboards and CPUs that were popular with HWBOT members, plus a look at some of the records broken around that time.
Today the focus is on the Intel P55 chipset, a platform that heralded the arrival of the PCH or Platform Hub Controller, a change that (among several other things) saw the end of the traditional Northbridge / Southbridge chipset design. The platform also arrived with the first major change in socket design for several years and a change in the way discrete graphics card bandwidth and other features were delivered. Let’s look at the Intel P55 platform in a little more detail.
Welcome to the eighth edition of our SkatterBencher series. This time we refocus our attention back to CPU Overclocking, taking on the freshly launched AMD Ryzen platform. The mission, as ever, is to push the silicon to improve overall performance and see just how much additional performance can be had from these new Zen architecture CPUs. We’ll go through the Overclocking process step by step, running several benchmarks to assess overall performance gains from a platform which is still fairly new in terms of BIOS maturity.
As well as the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor we will also be using the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard and a GSKILL Trident Z DDR4 memory kit. First let’s hone in on the Ryzen 7 1800X processor, the flagship model of AMD’s new Ryzen series. The first thing we can note is that the R7 1800X is an octa-core chip with 16 threads that retails for $500 USD. It has a base clock frequency of 3.6GHz which can can boost as high as 4.1GHz thanks to AMD’s XFR (Extended Frequency Range) technology.
Today we bring you the next installment of our Motherboard Memory Lane series on HWBOT. As with previous articles, the idea is to revisit a specific chipset platform from the past. This time around we’re looking at the Intel X48 platform, its features, the motherboards and CPUs that were popular with Overlockers at the time and some of the record high scores that were submitted to the database at that that time. The Intel X48 platform is the second of Intel’s X- Series platforms that were market specifically at the high-end consumer space - the space that Intel now refers to as the High-End Desktop or HEDT segment. Let’s start by taking at look at the technologies and the features that helped define it.
The Intel X48 platform was first revealed in late 2007, hot on the heels of the recently launched mid-range P45 chipset, and the first X-series chip, the X38. In most respects however the X48 Northbridge was very similar to the technical features of the X38. A side by comparison reveals one major difference - official support for 1600Hz FSB speeds and DDR3-1600. The enthusiasm of tech media, enthusiasts and overclockers towards higher FSB and memory speeds was tempered however with the fact that most motherboard manufacturers had already offered FSB speeds of 1600MHz and beyond on the previous X38 platform.