How To Overclock AMD Ryzen CPUs

Overclocking Ryzen 7 1700 vs 1700X vs 1800X

Overclocking at Equal Voltages

Knowing that all of these processors are identical and come from the same manufacturing line, we have to ask whether there's any real reason to splurge on the highest-end model. To that end, we compared their base frequencies and maximum overclock with all eight cores under load. The memory was set to 3200 MT/s, and all of the other BIOS settings were left at their defaults.

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ModelFrequency (MHz)Voltage (V)Temperature (°C)
Ryzen 7 170032001.0735
Ryzen 7 1700X35001.1652 / 32
Ryzen 7 1800X37001.2358 / 38

The "entry-level" Ryzen 7 1700 seems to have an advantage, given a base core voltage of 1.07V (compared to the 1.16 and 1.23 volts measured on the pricier chips). Temperature is affected by the Vcore of course, but our comparison is made imprecise by AMD's offsets.

We applied the recommended -20°C offset, but again, we're reminded that the correction isn't perfect. The discrepancy between the reported and real values isn't constant. It changes as a function of multiple parameters. Applying this offset gets us closer to the right temperature, but it isn't guaranteed to be accurate.

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ModelFrequency (MHz)Voltage (V)Temperature (°C)
Ryzen 7 1700 OC39751.3545
Ryzen 7 1700X OC39501.3563 / 43
Ryzen 7 1800X OC40501.3566 / 46

While the 1800X has a clear base advantage, the difference diminishes after overclocking. If tuning your CPU doesn't scare you, we recommend going for the Ryzen 7 1700 in light of its more attractive price.


The Ryzen 7 1700 serves as our baseline. Operating at just 3200 MHz (across eight cores), it obtains a score of 1438 points in Cinebench R15. That's a long way from the Ryzen 7 1800X's 1640 points. Given the 1800X's 500 MHz advantage, though, we don't have a difficult time explaining the 14% performance difference.

Overclocked, that delta disappears. Our Ryzen 7 1700 even beats the 1700X. Of course, you can expect overclocking results to vary from one CPU to another, as we mentioned in our Kaby Lake overclocking test.

The 1800X maintains a less-than 2% lead over AMD's Ryzen 7 1700. It is quite astonishing that the 1700X achieves a lower score; this cannot be explained simply by a lower frequency. Even at the same clock rate, our 1700X sample consistently fares worse than the 1700.

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Jean-Michel "Wizerty" Tisserand is a French extreme overclocker, and former OC world champion. Passionate and curious, he's always into pushing hardware to its limits. Willing to transmit his knowledge, he created the French Overclocking Federation, and writes merciless hardware torture articles!
  • drinkingcola86
    Page 4 third paragraph.

    "Also, we observed that this this offset of 20°C is a loose approximation,"

    Needs correcting. One "this."
  • ykki
    Power consumption benchmarks?
  • jkhoward
    Dang-it guys. The 1080 doesn't freaking work well with the new AMD CPU. You know this. Why would you not choose an AMD card? Trying to make AMD look bad again?

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  • popatim
    What evidence do you have for that statement jkhoward?
  • MeanMachine41
    19647716 said:
    Dang-it guys. The 1080 doesn't freaking work well with the new AMD CPU. You know this. Why would you not choose an AMD card? Trying to make AMD look bad again?

    <edited for language>

    I have evidence to the contrary and the GTX-1080 works well with new Ryzen 7 1800X.
  • Kenneth_72
    AMD's is missing it's opportunities. They better start hitting the ground running if they want to compete AND WE NEED THEM TO COMPETE!
  • CountMike
    Problems are more of BIOS oriented, AGESA being main culprit.
  • Akindabigdeal
    My 1080 works great with my 1700x
  • mike3456
    I look forward to more articles like this as Ryzen matures. Great job!
  • JamesSneed
    For anyone looking to OC Ryzen this video from an AMD engineer is pretty interesting.