Been on my i5-4460 for the past few years and it was showing it's age with everything I was throwing at it. With virtual machines and Flask servers constantly running, I was seeing near 50% utilization on idle. To make matters worse, games would drop frames or just ignore controller inputs. So when I saw Ryzen 2/Zen+ come out I decided to jump on it.
The build took about a week to finish because of following issues:
1. Core Performance Boost was causing the system to freeze whenever I loaded up a program
2. Couldn't figure out how to get the Intel bracket off the AIO
Ran a few benchmarks so here's the results.
Ambient was between 78-85 F (25-30 C) degrees (yay for windows pointing towards the sun)
i5 4460 Build Notes
OS was Windows 8.1 Pro
Used High Performance Plan
CPU had around 10% cpu utilization during idle (Steam, Discord, etc.)
R7 2700X Build Notes
OS was Windows 10 Pro
Used High Performance Plan
CPU had around 2% cpu utilization during idle
Memory ran at 3400Mhz (Ran this instead of 3600 to get better timings)
CPU Overclocked to 4.175Ghz@1.25V (Couldn't do 4.2 all cores)
Version 1.0.7 64-bit
File used was a 1080p30fps h.264 encoded file I had recorded
a 20 GB folder was archived using 7-Zip 17.01 64-bit
Files included: music, video, ISOs, Flask projects, node_modules, and a few steam games
Compression level: Maximum
Compression method: LZMA
Dictionary Size: 64 MB
Word Size: 128
Solid Block Size: 64GB
Number of CPU threads: 4
Encryption method: AES-256
Encrypt file names: checked (both used the same password, 'test-files')
|Cinebench R15||477 cb||1770cb|
|Handbrake H.264||28 frames/sec||90 frames/sec|
|Handbrake H.265||19 frames/sec||50 frames/sec|
|Blender - Gooseberry||02:10:34||00:35:43|
Overall, I'm super happy with this machine. All the extra cores will help a lot with virtual machines and rendering. Thought of upgrading the GPU but with prices as is I'll pass. My 970 works well enough for what I need it to do anyways.
This processor has been a beast with everything I've thrown at it. Since it has 16 threads, I'm able to allocate way more resources to VMs.
The fans are a little loud but it still keeps my 2700X really cool. I had some trouble getting the intel bracket off. If this ever happens to you, just loosen the 4 screws around the copper plate and then turn the bracket COUNTER-clockwise.
Great build quality, great performance. The BIOS is one of the best and the quality really shows with the software and the hardware.
Core Performance Boost was the only thing I had problems with. It caused a lot of instability so I had to disable that. I'm sure it'll improve with future revisions of the BIOS.
This was the most expensive piece of the entire build. It works (and looks) great but I really wish NAND prices would come down. It really hurts paying nearly double the price.
Loaded up Windows on it and it was blazing fast. Don't know how I lived with Windows installed on a 5400RPM HDD for so long
Fast and has plenty of space for games and coding projects
Great for mass media and other stuff I don't want to install onto my SSDs
Kind of wish it had more VRAM but it still runs extremely well for what I do. Really glad I got it before all the GPU prices went up.
It's Fractal Design of course it's going to be great. It gets a little cramped under the PSU shroud but that's my only gripe.
Quiet, and works great. Plus it's 80+ Platinum Certified
Keeps my system running even when we have power outages.