Ryzen 5 1600X overclocked at 4.2GHz(Air) outperforms Ryzen 7 1700 on stock settings



When we first tested the AMD Ryzen 1600X, we were simply surprised at its rather high overclocking headroom as compared to the other Ryzen models we had on hand. We decided that we should push this chip to its limit on the AMD Wraith Max cooler that was included in the review set and find out how much more Cinebench cb scores we can get out from this hexa-core part. 

As the Ryzen 1600X is a hexa-core processor, it is in fact already much cooler than the Ryzen 7 series out of the box. This allows us to apply more voltage across the processor for a higher clock without worrying too much about temperatures. We managed to squeeze out an additional 0.2GHz on the system, allowing all 6 cores to run at 4.2GHz to complete the Cinebench R15 run. Do note that this setup may not be 100% stable, and was tweaked specifically to complete the Cinebench R15 
benchmark.


SPECIFICATIONS
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 7 1700
Geil EVO X 2 x 8GB DDR4 RAM
ASUS B350M-A Motherboard
FSP HEXA 550W PSU
OCZ TL100 240GB SSD
ASUS NVIDIA GTX 1050
Windows 10 64bit Enterprise Edition
Ryzen 5 1600X at 4.2GHz

Ryzen 7 1700 at Stock Settings
As seen, our Ryzen 5 1600X setup was able to clock in a score of 1440cb for the multi-threaded test when overclocked, while the stock the Ryzen 7 1700 was just a little slower at 1419cb. This has also shown how well the Ryzen processors scales according to their frequencies. There was quite a significant increase in performance when clock speeds were increased, until even the fact that a hexa-core Ryzen processor was able to outperform the more expensive octa-core variant.


However, it must be taken into consideration that not all processors will have the ability to be overclocked to reach the settings as stated above. It largely depends on your luck and on the quality of yield of the processor. We were considered fortunate to have a 1600X that was able to reach 4.2GHz on air. In fact, we even managed 4.3GHz with only 2 cores enabled and SMT disabled. This gave us a single core thread score of 179cb.

Ryzen 5 1600X 2 Core 2 Threads at 4.3GHz
If you would like to challenge yourself and have some overclocking experiences, you could possible overclock the Ryzen 5 1600X to perform as well as a Ryzen 7 1700 and save $149 SGD at the same time (1700 - $499 SGD / 1600X $359SGD). However, if you want to have out of the box performance, the Ryzen 7 1700 could still be a better choice. You can even overclock the 1700 for an even better performance!

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