AMD has just unleashed its new high performance chip, the Ryzen 7 1700, and there is a lot being said about its effectiveness. Due to some issues that users have been having, several “conspiracy theories” have been thrown around to explain some of the issues with the chip.
The aforementioned conspiracy theories stem from the fact that the chip seems to struggle with some games, but operate perfectly when it comes to content creation tasks. AMD has actually come right out to explain the potential causes of this discrepancy and it is expected that the errors will be fixed in the near future.
Initially, users thought that the chip was exhibiting errors during games due to an issue with the Windows scheduler or shortcomings within Windows 10, but AMD owned up to the problem and is coming up with more comprehensive power integration plan options. Many of these issues are solved when a user toggles the chip into overclock mode, and Ryzen has even posted some detailed instruction on how to make it so.
Most reviews have been positive, and they often result in favorable comparisons to other chips. The Ryzen 7 1700’s biggest competitor is the Intel i7-700, which normally retails for $350. This is slightly above the $320 that Ryzen is selling at, but comes with the assurance it will work better in gaming situations.
The Ryzen seems most suitable for those willing to experiment and toggle the chip into overclock mode. If you are not willing to do this, then you probably shouldn’t get the chip, but if you are, then you will derive the benefit of all 8 cores.
With both chips overclocked, the Intel chip still wins on speed in gaming scenarios, but by a much smaller margin. Anyone sticking solely to gaming should stick to the Intel chip, but if your needs extend to productivity and content creation tasks, you will be able to take advantage of many more of the benefits that come from having eight cores. Overall, the chip is a strong offering, but it remains to be seen how it will be accepted into the market as a lower-cost product compared to other Ryzen offerings.