PC CPU Processor Review 2017: A Generational Leap At Last!

A six-core, 12-thread Core i7 that offers a big boost over a quad? AMD’s Ryzen comprehensively beating the quad-core i5? A $65 Pentium that thinks it’s an i3? Let’s just say that 2017 has been a great year for CPU technology.

Subscribe for more Digital Foundry: http://bit.ly/DFSubscribe

Comments

Thaddeus says:

i would like to see, i7 3960x, 4960x,5930k, 6850k and i7 8700k comparison, Is it big difference between all older gen 6 core 12 theads i7 cpu’s

mcolman02 says:

One thing that gets me in reviews is the value comparison using MSRP, if you’re paying MSRP for a Ryzen you’re doing it wrong- pretty much always on sale, motherboards included. I have yet to see a Pentium G4560 for $60, the lowest I could ever find one for was $80. i5-8400 last I checked is going for $200 and that’s usually not in stock. The big let down of 2017 though is while you may get a great deal on a CPU you are getting completely destroyed by DDR4 price gouging.

Peter Jansen says:

DigitalFoundry
Kudos for realizing how deceptive the FPS can be. May I suggest to dig deep into frame render time plots and maybe even measure input lag for some games and different CPU/GPU combinations, for example the i5 8600k, R5 1600X, RX 580 and GTX 1060.
Of course just playing the game also gives essential information, the microstutter should become obvious. Many reviewers unfortunately just run the benchmarks without playing the game, they spread disinformation, but then without the intention to deceive.

Shahnewaz Ahmed says:

Fastest =/= Best Richard. With that logic the most expensive products would be the best, yet nobody will buy them.

Djay Hiryuu says:

I wish you a happy new year to you and all the DF team, Greatb list what is the best plateform to enjoy near automata in your opinion really want to try it but steam review scared me a little i got a batlle station (two 1080ti SLI not that it work with that game) pc and ps4 pro ?

Saddam Hussein says:

just know i have a 1050ti and a Processor AMD A8-7650K Radeon R7, 10 Compute Cores 4C+6G, 3300 Mhz, 2 Cores and 16 gb of ram and it dosent reach fps qualities i want. i just want to know what i can get that will fix this problem, should i get a new cpu like the ryzen 5 1600 or 1600x or should i just get a new graphics card ?

spit fire says:

is it time to upgrade from my 3570k?

Darkobssession says:

before doing shit you shuld overclock both intel and amd to max stable oc typical think plp who plays game do and then compare which one is beter… yea intel overclock better but that ONLY BECUSE AMD ARE LAZY USELESS PLP… AND IT SUCKS… who wait 6 years to release a new node architecture? AMD… who release new architecture every 2 years? intel… whos bettet in game ? intel they take good care of their customers who pay a premium for bettet suport from intel side… god job amd for calling all pc gamer trash unworth of taking care you earned what you deserve learn from intel nob amd…

Bobby Gunn says:

If your title is generational leap. You shouldn’t leave out 6700K. Why go from 4790K to 7700K in your benchmarks. Jump from 4790K to 6700K was quite noteworthy, there was your significant generational leap.

Bob Marston says:

8 Cores and 16 Threads matters when its an Intel Coffee Lake that exists only on a Spec Sheet but nary a mention of the Ryzen 1700 that has been on the shelves for 9 months. Hmmmmmmm

Cheatin Chad says:

I don’t think the 8700k would exist as it is if not for Ryzen.

TommyLee Jones says:

top

Tsz Fung Li says:

Listening to your analysis feels like getting wiser.

seba ravera says:

Excelent video

BeatmasterAC says:

pinpointed Handsigns^^

Bayonet Yugoslav says:

Thumb up if you want DF to split between PC and conslow stuff.

Marc Kusters says:

Regarding the driver overhead, Nvidia has in fact a higher driver overhead. But to make up for that it is able to use multiple cores in DX11 to generate draw calls. AMD for that matter only seems to use one core but does that more effectively. Best way to see is is the driver overhead test of futuremark.

PappaLitto says:

The graphs are so much ridiculously higher fps than the console graphs it’s insane

Mkilbride2599 says:

Got a 8700K arriving today. Just need my new PSU to come in.

CommonSense Come back says:

Funny, AMD release a brand new CPU since 2011 and it’s possible CPU are the year because there has been no competition, wait never mind the 6 years of failure by AMD to produced a competitive CPU. Ryzen is a genrational leap because Bulldozer was such a failure. AMD should stop making product that work better 5 years later when they’re out of date and concentrated on performance today.

EVD 1202 says:

ive got a core i7 7700 but i wish i had gotten an 8700 -_-

Sina Madani says:

Intel really stepped up this year thanks to Ryzen. The 8th-gen i3 lineup is much more like a 6th or 7th-gen i5. And prices were great too. I saw an R7-1700X brand new for £240, but didn’t go for it due to ridiculous RAM prices.

Mixed Content says:

i will be seeing u all next year lol,good line Rich

DysphoricSmile says:

8700k FTW! (I am just riding the high of my biggest CPU upgrade since the 2600k!) Before I am called a shill – I would have very happily bought AMD if their CPUs were the best for gaming – which is all I am interested in. I have no BRAND loyalty to Intel, but I do love the products I have bought – I mean hell my old 2600k at 4.5 GHZ as I had mine, is STILL a GOOD gaming CPU – better than quad core i5s in nearly every game! And I still have that CPU on an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 mobo and a Hyper 212 EVO on it sitting in my basement, it works perfectly well to this day, now 7 years since I bought it!

PrinceDizzy PcObsession says:

PC doesn’t deserve this chip.
Only the PS4 and Xbone can handle this chip.

SlickR12345 says:

Ryzen 5 1600 takes the cake as the best CPU and best value CPU, Ryzen 7 1700 comes at a close second. 8 cores for $320 are you kidding me, that can be overclocked to 4GHz and comes with its own cooler, that is insane value!

Joe Sterling says:

In a bit of irony, I watched this video shortly before reading a numbingly depressing story on The Register entitled “‘Kernel memory leaking’ Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign”. The gist is that Intel CPUs as far back as 10 years may experience up to 30% reduction in performance with in incoming security patch. Comments? I’m hoping this is some sort of joke, but looking at the calendar, I see we’re nowhere near April 1st.

Sudden Revelations says:

For me the 1600X at $169.00 is my CPU of the year

 Write a comment

*

Do you like our videos?
Do you want to see more like that?

Please click below to support us on Facebook!