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Review: AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and 2700X Processors

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AMD’s return to the CPU market with the Ryzen processors has proven to be a great success among gamers and professionals alike, thanks to the performance these chips offered for its price as opposed to its Intel counterparts. While we wouldn’t just say that they have overthrown the blue team, AMD is back for round two with the release of the second-generation Ryzen processors. Today, we take a look at what the new AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and the Ryzen 7 2700X has to offer.

While the original Zen CPUs are made upon the 14nm fab process, the 2nd generation Ryzen chips are based on a lower 12nm FinFET fabrication that offers up to 15% performance improvements for game titles, along with improvements for AMD’s special CPU features which are now branded as Precision Boost 2 and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2). For those who aren’t aware, the Precision Boost and the XFR kick in when there is the presence of a good cooling solution, allowing the processor for higher multi-core performance with higher frequencies at cooler temperatures, and all these are automated without the need for any user input.

The Net Neural Prediction is like an artificial intelligence that learns the way you use your most commonly used applications and sets more efficient paths for faster performance the next time you use the app or a game, along with the Smart Prefetch that anticipates the data needed for faster responsiveness. All these are a part of the AMD Sense MI technology that helps the CPU adapt to your working behaviour for better performance.

As far as improvements go, we are seeing quite a difference in clocks speeds for both the Ryzen 7 2700 and 2700X as compared to the previous models. To be specific, the base 8-core Ryzen 2700 has a clock speed of 3.2GHz and can max out to 4.1 GHz on turbo, and while that’s the case, the good old Ryzen 1700 runs at 3GHz as base speeds and can go up till 3.7 GHz.

This is a decent incremental jump for now. And when it comes to the faster 2700X, we are looking at a base speed of 3.7 GHz and is designed to raise higher to 4.3 GHz. If you haven’t noticed, those numbers are even faster than the Ryzen 1800X with a base clock of 3.6 GHz and max clock speeds of 4GHz. On the contrary, the 1700X is slightly slower with 3.4GHz base and has a max clock speed of 3.8 GHz. It’s interesting that AMD has still yet to announce the Ryzen 2800X and we can only imagine the speeds that it will come out of the box.

While the TDP of the 2700X has slightly risen to 105W as compared to the 95W of the 1800X/1700X chips, AMD managed to keep the TDP of the R2700 the same as the 65W Ryzen 1700. Last but not least, AMD has also improved the RAM speed compatibility from 2667 MHz to 2993 MHz DDR4. Of course, there are gamers who managed to use DDR4 RAM speeds higher than that for the first-generation Ryzen processors. The importance of faster RAM speeds has proven to offer better performance with Ryzen processors, thanks to the benefits of Infinity Fabric.

Speaking of which, we were able to easily tune the DDR4 RAM speed to 3400 MHz while testing the new Ryzen 2700 and the Ryzen 2700X. The RAM modules are a pair of 8GB GSkill Sniper X DDR4 RAM that’s certified for Ryzen processors, along with the MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC motherboard (both given to us by AMD). As for the cooler, the Ryzen 2700X came bundled with the new Wraith Prism RGB and the Ryzen 2700 with the Wraith Spire with RGB LED. To keep the testing fair, I used the Wraith Prism cooler for both the processors so the cooling efficiency remains the same. The GPU used here is the MSI Gaming X RX 570 4GB card.

And before you may ask as to why we couldn’t try a better GPU, it’s simply the fact that we couldn’t arrange a higher-end model at the time of testing. Other components used here is a Crucial 2TB MX300 SSD and the PSU used here is a 1000W Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium. And since we are using a mid-range GPU, we resorted to testing the usual GPU benchmark tools such as FireStrike, TimeSpy, VR Mark, Superposition and Unigine Heaven/ Valley tests. Unigine and Superposition were tested at medium presets. The CPU tests include CineBench R15, Geekbench 4, x265, Sony Vegas render, Blender, and Luxmark. I also managed to do some overclocking to 4.2GHz on the 2700X and 4GHz on the Ryzen 2700. However, I was only able to test the OC performance for CineBench R15 benchmark.

As you can see from the scores above, the Ryzen 2700X benefits more from its auto-boosted clock speeds for non-OC tests for both single and multi-core tests. However, the gap between the 2700 and the 2700X gets closer when you overclock both the chips. That said, the single-core performance on Geekbench 4 is almost the same but the 2700X has an edge when it comes to multi-core performance.

We tested the hotel complex scene on the Luxmark 3.1 benchmark with only CPU cores used here and the scores aren’t that far from each other. However, the x265 test at 1080p proved that the 2700X does a better performance. I do want to mention that we did run the Ryzen 2700 at 4GHz OC for all cores and got almost the same fps results of the 2700X at base speeds. We also tried to render a 1080p video on Sony Vegas and saw that the 2700X can finish the render almost a minute earlier than the Ryzen 7 2700. Regardless, both are an improvement over last year’s Ryzen processors.

And now comes the gaming benchmarks. From our scores for FireStrike and TimeSpy, we can say that both the Ryzen 7 2700 and the Ryzen 7 2700X performs almost the same with the latter having a slight edge. While the same goes for VR Mark test rounds, Unigine Heaven and Superposition tests, we did notice that the Ryzen 2700 did slightly better on the Unigine Valley benchmark.

It’s unfortunate that we didn’t have the Ryzen 7 1700 and the Ryzen 7 1700X to test the exact scores and compare to see which is better. Truth to be told, we had some scores of the previous generation and can confirm that Ryzen 2700/2700X can do slightly better. But, is it a major improvement for those who already own a Ryzen 1700/1700X? Unless you wanted to try out faster RAM speeds, we would say to stick to the current generation Ryzen chips that you already own. So, unless you are happy with a small percentage of improvement or haven’t already bought a Ryzen setup, then investing in one of these for your gaming and professional work is a good start.

Pricing: Ryzen 7 2700X ($329), Ryzen 7 2700 ($299)

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CORSAIR Launches DOMINATOR TITANIUM DDR5 Memory

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CORSAIR has launched the much anticipated latest addition to its award-winning memory line-up, DOMINATOR TITANIUM DDR5 memory. Built using some of the fastest DDR5 ICs alongside patented CORSAIR DHX cooling technology for improved overclocking potential, DOMINATOR TITANIUM continues the DOMINATOR legacy with a stunning design and blazing performance.

Sporting an elegant, fresh new aesthetic and built using premium materials and components, DOMINATOR TITANIUM DDR5 memory will be available for both Intel and AMD platforms, supporting Intel XMP 3.0 when paired with 12th and 13th-Gen Core processors or AMD EXPO for Ryzen 7000 CPUs. These technologies enable easy overclocking in just a couple of clicks on compatible platforms.

An exciting new feature with DOMINATOR TITANIUM is support for fully replaceable top bars, allowing owners to customize their memory for a specific aesthetic. Anyone looking to go for a minimalist or classic look can do so with the separately available Fin Accessory Kits that replace the RGB light bar with top bars that utilize fins for an elegant look that harkens back to the original DOMINATOR memory.

Boasting 11 vibrant individually addressable RGB LED along its removable top bar, DOMINATOR TITANIUM offers seamless lighting arrays to illuminate your system. More advanced system-wide effects are possible when combined with the powerful CORSAIR iCUE Murals, for synchronized lighting that matches your music, games, or movies.

DOMINATOR TITANIUM will launch with kits in a range of speeds of up to 8,000MT/s, capacities up to 192GB (4x 48GB) and CAS latencies as low as 30 on some SKUs. Future DOMINATOR TITANIUM kits will push the limits of DRAM performance even further, as new platforms unlock speeds beyond 8,000MT/s. DOMINATOR TITANIUM DDR5 memory kits for Intel platforms are available in a choice of white or black, while DOMINATOR TITANIUM DDR5 kits for AMD platforms are available in Cool Gray at launch.

CORSAIR will celebrate the launch of the latest version of DOMINATOR Memory with a limited run of First Edition kits, boasting tight timings and higher frequencies. Limited to just 500 kits per SKU, and individually numbered, enthusiasts will need to act fast to secure a unique piece of CORSAIR history.

As with all CORSAIR DDR5 memory, DOMINATOR TITANIUM modules are built using hand-sorted, tightly screened memory chips to ensure consistently high frequencies, atop performance PCBs for excellent signal quality and stability. Cooling these chips is a stylish solid aluminium heat spreader that efficiently conducts heat away from your memory while complementing your system’s modern aesthetic. A limited lifetime warranty grants you peace of mind that your new memory will last throughout your PC’s lifespan and future upgrades.

CORSAIR DOMINATOR TITANIUM DDR5 kits are available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. CORSAIR DOMINATOR TITANIUM DDR5 is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

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CORSAIR Simplifies Custom Cooling by Integrating iCUE LINK with the Hydro X Series

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CORSAIR has launched the next generation of its world-renowned Hydro X Series custom cooling products, integrating them with the revolutionary iCUE LINK Smart Component Ecosystem. With the new ELITE lineup of CPU and GPU water blocks, pump/reservoir combo and more, the Hydro X Series utilises iCUE LINK to make building a custom cooling loop simpler than ever before.

Using a unified cable standard, iCUE LINK now drives component power coupled with digital communications to each device – from RGB and RPM control to temperature probes. Furthermore, new Hydro X Series components are now Smart, housing individual microcontrollers that manage and report performance and temperatures to the hub and iCUE software. iCUE LINK’s reversible connectors across all components vastly simplify the process of building computers, making the DIY hobby more inviting and accessible to all.

The iCUE LINK XC7 RGB ELITE CPU Water Block also features a new and improved Hexa-flow cooling engine, with a design that leverages laminar flow to ensure improved cooling across the entire CPU and its cores. A nickel-plated copper cold plate with more than 120 high-efficiency micro-cooling fins draws heat away from the processor, and a built-in temperature sensor enables you to fine-tune your cooling control. 24 RGB LEDs behind a transparent nylon flow chamber deliver mesmerizing visuals to match the iCUE LINK XC7 RGB ELITE’s cooling performance. With tool-free installation on Intel LGA 1700 and AMD Socket AM5 and AM4, plus pre-applied CORSAIR XTM70 Performance Thermal Paste, this is the centrepiece of your custom cooling loop.

For those looking to add even more personalization to their system, the iCUE XC7 RGB ELITE LCD CPU Water Block shares the same design and cooling performance, with the addition of a crisp 2.1” 30 FPS IPS LCD screen with 480×480 resolution surrounded by 31 RGB LEDs. The screen is fully programmable via iCUE software to display system temps, custom images, or animated GIFs.

Keep your graphics card in the loop with the iCUE LINK XG3 RGB HYBRID GPU Water Block, available in three models to ensure near-universal compatibility with a multitude of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 and 30-Series and AMD RX 7900 XT(X) cards. Its hybrid design directly cools your GPU and memory ICs with a split flow manifold ensuring even distribution of coolant over the copper cold plate, while a dedicated fan also cools the circuit board and VRMs. Lit by 18 RGB LEDs and featuring a built-in temperature sensor for precise control, the XG3 RGB HYBRID’s robust nylon and copper construction make it a reliable and durable addition to your PC.

For customers who already own an iCUE XG7 RGB GPU Water Block, a simple GPU RGB Adapter will be launching soon that will integrate it into an iCUE LINK setup. Future XG7 GPU blocks will support iCUE LINK connectivity out of the box. To drive your cutting-edge custom cooling system, equip it with the iCUE LINK XD5 RGB ELITE Pump/Reservoir Combo. Built with a Xylem D5 high-performance pump and a 440ml nylon transparent reservoir lit by 22 RGB LEDs, this is all you need to keep your loop’s cooling flowing and looking great.

The XD5 RGB ELITE uses a rubberized mounting system to minimize pump vibration and comes with multiple G1/4” inlet ports to support diverse configurations. Like the water blocks, it features an in-loop sensor to give you real-time coolant temperatures for smart control. A version of the XD5 RGB ELITE equipped with an LCD screen is also coming later this year. The CORSAIR iCUE LINK XC7 RGB ELITE, XG3 RGB HYBRID, XD5 RGB ELITE, 4-Way Signal Splitter, and iCUE XC7 RGB ELITE LCD are available immediately from the CORSAIR website and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. The iCUE LINK GPU RGB Adapter is available to preorder from the CORSAIR webstore and will become available in September.

The iCUE LINK CPU Water Blocks and XD5 RGB ELITE are backed by a three-year warranty and the XG3 RGB HYBRID and 4-Way Signal Splitter are backed by a two-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

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‘Overwatch 2: Invasion’ Ultimate GeForce RTX 40 Series Bundle Now Available

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NVIDIA has announced a new bundle today. For a limited period of time, if one buys a participating GeForce RTX 40 Series graphics card, desktop PC or laptop, they will also receive the Overwatch 2: Invasion Ultimate GeForce RTX 40 Series bundle.

The bundle includes:

  • Overwatch 2:Invasion Story Missions
    • Vigilante Sojourn Legendary Skin (*Earned)
    • Sojourn Hero Unlock (*Earned)
  • Premium Battle Pass
  • 20 Battle Pass Tier Skips
  • The C-455 Sharpshooter Cassidy Legendary Skin
  • The K-2000 Blademaster Kiriko Legendary Skin
  • 3,000 Overwatch Coins

Overwatch 2: Invasion Ultimate GeForce RTX 40 Series bundle is available with the purchase of a qualifying GeForce RTX 4090, 4080, 4070 Ti, 4070, 4060 Ti, 4060 desktop or GPU, or a laptop with a GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, or RTX 4060 Laptop GPU at numerous system builders and retailers worldwide.

To unlock the ultimate graphics experience in each battle, upgrade to a select GeForce RTX 40 Series graphics card, desktop PC, or laptop for class-leading performance, and unbeatable responsiveness courtesy of NVIDIA Reflex. NVIDIA Reflex reduces system latency by up to 60% in Overwatch 2, and the raw power of GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs, which can run at over 360 FPS at 1440p.

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