AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Destroys Intel Core i7 5960K, Goes toe to toe with Core i7 6900k [Benchmarks]

Here we go — another day, another new leak giving us an insight into the (hopefully) epic AMD vs Intel showdown looming large on the horizon. Today, we have a new Ryzen 7 series chip stealing the limelight from its Intel counterpart in a recently conducted performance test.

We are talking about the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X. The Intel counterpart in question was the Core i7-5960X.

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The performance test of the 1700X CPU was first published on the website In the comparative analysis, the AMD chip, which is not even the flagship in the Ryzen 7 series (Ryzen 7 1800X is), locked horns with the Core i7 5960X that’s priced at around $1000. In some cases, the Ryzen chips went toe-to-toe with the Core i7 6900K too.

[Read: First Look At AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, 1700 Heat Dissipaters And Packaging Box]

Allow us to draw your attention to one key aspect here before delving into the technical details. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700X will set back users only $389. That’s over two-and-a-half times less compared to Intel’s Core i7 5960X — a likely factor that will probably sway the competition in favor of AMD. Or, at least that’s what it looks like in theory.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X vs. Intel Core i7 5960X performance test

The first benchmark of the Ryzen 7 1700X we have is the good old Cinebench R15, which together with 3DMark, can be deemed the quintessential element of an ideal PC performance testing.

Note that this is a lot different from the custom load like the blender test. Instead, it’s the standard load of the benchmark and includes the 1700X operating at a clock speed of 3.5 GHz. We can not pinpoint whether or not XFR was on at this juncture, but the end-results imply that it probably was.

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The overall performance of the 1700X was actually mind blowing on several counts. Here are some numbers to put things into perspective:

  • The Ryzen 7 1700X scores ~1527 cb
  • The Core i7 5960X scores ~1318 cb
  • The Core i7 6900k scores ~1565 cb

Up-next comes the Fire Strike Physics score that gaming enthusiasts will find relevant to their cause. Despite being a synthetic benchmark, FSP scores actually allow you a pretty darn good idea about the overall “usable” computational power of the machine for gaming purposes.

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As you would know, XFR can play a critical role here to make things better for end users. Some users might even prefer disabling hyper threading for gaining the optimal performance. That would work just fine because most titles are generally left unoptimized, meaning they depend mostly on the clock speed of the first few threads.

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However, future buyers should not forget the all-important fact that unlike their Intel equivalents, Ryzen chips are likely to require much more robust systems as their Tcase is significantly lower.

[Read: AMD Ryzen CPU ‘First Pictures’ Are Here With Final Heat Spreader Design]

In conclusion, the Ryzen 7 1700X secures nearly 18,000 points in the tests. That’s an unambiguously high number in Fire Strike Physics. More importantly, that score indirectly makes it obvious that game developers will enjoy access to abundant processing power.

Here are the Intel Core 7 scores to paint the full picture:

  • The Ryzen 7 1700X scores 17,916 points
  • The Core i7 5960X scores 14,640 points
  • The Core i7 6900k scores 17,100 points

As you can see, the 1700X not only comprehensively outperforms the i7 5960X, but also marginally outshines the i7 6900K in FSP.

AMD Ryzen specs and price (full lineup)

AMD Ryzen CPUCores/ThreadsL3TDPBaseTurboXFRPrice
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X8/1616MB95W3.6GHz4.0GHz4.0GHz+$499
AMD Ryzen 7 1800 Pro8/1616MB65WTBATBAN/ATBA
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X8/1616MB95W3.4GHz3.8GHz3.8GHz+$389
AMD Ryzen 7 17008/1616MB65W3.0GHz3.7GHzN/A$319
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X6/1216MB95W3.3GHz3.7GHz3.7GHz+$259
AMD Ryzen 5 16006/1216MB65WTBATBAN/ATBA
AMD Ryzen 5 15006/1216MB65W3.2GHz3.5GHzN/A$229
AMD Ryzen 5 1400X4/88MB65W3.5GHz3.9GHz3.9GHz+$199
AMD Ryzen 5 14004/88MB65WTBATBAN/ATBA
AMD Ryzen 5 13004/88MB65W3.2GHz3.5GHzN/A$175
AMD Ryzen 3 1200X4/48MB65WTBA3.4GHz3.8GHz$149
AMD Ryzen 3 12004/48MB65WTBATBAN/ATBA
AMD Ryzen 3 11004/48MB65W3.2GHz3.5GHzN/A$129

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