AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Review: 2700X And 2600X Deliver More Performance Per Dollar

Ryzen 7 2700X And Ryzen 5 2600X: Cinebench, POV-Ray, Fluid Dynamics

Cinebench R15 is a combination CPU and OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and can utilize any number of threads, which make is an excellent gauge of computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders and animates 3D scenes and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

3D Rendering Benchmark


AMD's latest desktop processors also performed quite well in Cinebench. Once again, we see the Ryzen 7 2700X outpacing the 6-core Core i7-8700K and 8-core Core i7-7820X in the multi-threaded benchmark, though Intel still has a clear single-thread performance advantage. The Ryzen 5 2600X clearly outpaced the Core i5-8400 and came within striking distance of the much more expensive Core i7-8700K.
POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing Benchmark

POV-Ray, or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit images. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.


The performance trend in POV-Ray is identical to Cinebench. The Core i7-8700K and Core i7-7820X fall victim to the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Ryzen 7 2600X outpaces is first-gen counterpart and the Core i5-8400.

STARS Euler3d
Computational Fluid Dynamics

STARS Euler3d is a computational fluid dynamics benchmark which uses a CFD grid that contains 1.23 million tetrahedral elements and 223 thousand nodes. The benchmark executable advances a mach 0.50 Advisory Group for Aerospace Research, or AGARD, flow solution for an aeroelastic test wing. The benchmark score is reported as a CFD cycle frequency in Hertz.

This benchmark is multi-threaded, but is also dependent on platform bandwidth, so the final results are not determined by compute performance alone. Cache and memory bandwidth and latency affect the score as well...

Core counts, latency, and aggregate bandwidth all affect performance in this test. The many-core chips all finish at the top, followed by the Core i7-8700K, which was able to overtake the Ryzen 7 2700X, despite a two core deficit. Versus their original, first-gen counterparts, however, AMD's latest processors finish ahead.

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