A verified benchmark entry for an AMD Ryzen 7 1800X system has appeared over the weekend in Passmark’s CPU Mark performance database. Thank you Simon for the tip!
The system in question was tested in a total of 10 different CPU Mark benchmarks. For your convenience we have compiled the results for AMD’s upcoming flagship to the performance results of five other CPUs for comparison.
The CPUs in our comparison include the Ryzen 7 1800X, Core i7 6900K, i7 5960X, i7 6800K, i7 7700K and AMD FX 8350. To ensure consistency, the results of all the systems we included in the comparison were tested running at stock clock speeds with at least 16GB of memory and running Windows 10, with the exception of the i7 5960X and the FX 8350, for which we found no Windows 10 entries at all. These two systems were running Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 respectively.
Here’s a screenshot showing the entries for the systems in our comparison.
The Ryzen 7 1800X system was equipped with a top of the line MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM motherboard which is currently available for pre-order at $299. Passmark’s PerformanceTest 9.0 software, which is what is used to run the CPU Mark benchmarks as well as register the entries, is seemingly still unable to pick-up the boost frequency of Ryzen processors.
Unlike the previously leaked CPU Mark benchmarks for Ryzen, this one is based on a final product rather than an engineering sample. It would be safe to assume in this case, unlike before, that Turbo is working as intended and that the software simply needs an update to recognize Ryzen’s boost frequencies. With that in mind let’s take a look at the performance numbers.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X – Single Threaded Performance
After firing up PerformanceTest 9.0 and loading our six baselines/entries we’re greeted with the full roster of CPU Mark tests. The first in line is single-threaded performance, where only one core in each CPU is tasked with executing one workload thread. In this test each CPU will boost to its highest Turbo frequency. This is what the clock speeds would look like in this case :
R7 1800X : @ 4.1GHz ( with XFR )
i7 7700K : @ 4.5GHz
i7 6900K : @ 4.0GHz ( with Turbo Core 3.0 )
i7 6800K : @ 3.8GHz ( with Turbo Core 3.0 )
i7 5960X : @ 3.5GHz
FX 8350 : @ 4.2GHz
The big clock speed advantage of the Kaby Lake i7 7700K secures it the top spot with 2343 points. The 1800X comes in second place with 2129 points which just puts it ahead of the i7 6900K. The i7 6800K and 5960X are locked in at fourth and fifth places. Tailing every other chip is AMD’s five year old Piledriver FX 8350 chip. This test really brings out the age of AMD’s last generation of enthusiast desktop chips and underscores the significant leap forward that Ryzen represents for the company.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X – Multithreaded & Overall CPU Mark Performance
Here we have CPU Mark’s usual roster of Integer, floating point, prime, SSE, compression, sorting, encryption, physics benchmarks and the overall performance score. The 1800X was the best performing chip in six out of 8 of the tests. It only lagged behind the competition in prime numbers and the synthetic physics tests.
What’s worthy of note is that in both the prime and physics runs the 1800X underperformed to a significant enough degree that its overall performance score ended up being behind the 6900K. The 1800X’s bizarrely low performance in the two tests is quite uncharacteristic and represents a significant departure from how well the chip performed in every other test. One other test, where the 1800X performed unusually well is the SSE test. Again the huge lead that the software would have us believe the 1800X and the 7700K enjoy here is simply unrealistic.
This could be the result of optimization issues specific to the PerformanceTest 9.0 CPU Mark software that may get addressed with a future update. This huge variability we’re seeing in some of the tests underlines the problem with synthetic benchmarks. They rarely reflect real-world performance with reasonable accuracy and produce inexplicable results more often than we’d like.
Final Thoughts – Very Promising, But Wait For Reviews
With that being said, the 1800X still did very well and outperformed its twice as expensive i7 5960X rival when looking at the overall CPU Mark score. Compared to where AMD is coming from, the FX 8350, the 1800X represents a whopping 80% performance improvement.
AMD’s Ryzen 7 lineup which is comprised of the Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X and 1700 will officially ship to customers on March 2nd and are currently available for pre-order worldwide. Stay tuned for comprehensive independent product reviews on the 2nd of next month.
|AMD Ryzen CPU||Cores/Threads||Cache||TDP||Cooler||Base||Turbo||XFR||Price||Launch|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||8/16||20MB||95W||N/A||3.6GHz||4.0GHz||4.1GHz||$499||March 2nd|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700X||8/16||20MB||95W||N/A||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.9GHz||$399||March 2nd|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700||8/16||20MB||65W||Wraith Spire||3.0GHz||3.7GHz||3.75GHz||$329||March 2nd|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||6/12||20MB||TBA||TBA||3.6GHz||4.0GHz||TBA||TBA||Q2 2017|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1500X||4/8||12MB||TBA||TBA||3.5GHz||3.7GHz||TBA||TBA||Q2 2017|