AMD Ryzen 7 2700 And Ryzen 5 2600 Review: Great Value, Solid Performance

Ryzen 7 2700 And Ryzen 5 2600: The Verdict

Performance Summary: There were no real surprises with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600’s performance. Considering the fact that they’re based on the exact same die as their X-branded counterparts, where they’d land in terms of stock performance was obvious. The Ryzen 7 2700 slots in behind the Ryzen 7 2700X and competes well with the Core i7-8700K in some tests, while the Ryzen 5 2600 lands just behind the Ryzen 5 2600X. These processors shine with multi-threaded workloads versus their Intel-based competition, though single-thread performance is improved versus last-year’s original Ryzen processors.

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If you’re looking to build a relatively powerful desktop system without breaking the bank, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600 should absolutely be on your short list of considerations. The 8-core Ryzen 7 2700 can currently be found for $289, while the 6-core Ryzen 5 2600 can be found for only $189 – and that includes high-quality coolers. For the kind of money AMD is asking for these processors, the company is offering a lot of performance. In their stock configurations they don’t quite keep pace with their higher-end, more-expensive counterparts – as you would expect – but they’re never too far behind. And because all of AMD’s Ryzen processors are unlocked, some significant performance gains can be had by tweaking just a couple of settings in the BIOS or Ryzen Master.

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600 not only represent good values for budget-conscious gamers, but also for overclockers and enthusiasts that may not have the funds for flagship parts, but want to play with the big-boys nonetheless. They may not be quite as sexy as top-of-the-line processors, but we dig the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600. These are some solid processors for the money.

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  • Strong Performance
  • Easily Overclockable
  • Competitive Pricing
  • Single Thread Perf Still Trails Intel

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