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Does 2nd Gen Ryzen offer more performance on X470 motherboards?

Do X470 motherboards offer a performance advantage over their X370 equivalents?

Does 2nd Gen Ryzen offer more performance on X470 motherboards?

Does 2nd Gen Ryzen offer more performance on X470 motherboards?

One of the biggest question moving onto AMD's second generation of Ryzen processors was how well performance would hold up on X370, AMD's original Ryzen/AMD chipset. 

With the launch of X470, AMD offered users support for new features like SenseMI, and XFR 2.0, the second of which is capable of providing users with increased CPU performance when thermal and power budgets can allow it.

The Technology YouTuber Bitwit has put XFR 2 to the test, benchmarking AMD's new Ryzen 5 2600X CPU on both ASUS' X470 Crosshair VII Hero and Strix X370-F Gaming. These tests were conducted on AMD's new Wraith Prism cooler (which is only available with AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X) to provide enough thermal headroom for XFR 2.0 to function optimally.  

Below is a video which showcases Bitwit's benchmarking efforts, revealing a result which some people may find surprising, especially given how XFR 2 was advertised. 

(Video from Bitwit)


In the vast majority of Bitwit's benchmarks, the Ryzen 5 2600X offers performance that was nigh-identical on both AMD's X470 and X370 chipsets, giving no clear performance advantage to users. 

That being said, most X370 motherboards on the market do not have out of the box support for 2nd Generation Ryzen CPUs, making X470 a safer option for those who are building new PCs. There are AMD/AM4 300-series motherboards available with out of the box Ryzen Gen 2 compatibility, though many online retailers do not advertise which board revisions that they plan to ship to users. 

One other aspect that is worth noting for X470 is enhanced DDR4 memory support, which will allow users to have an easier time accessing higher memory clock speeds. 

You can join the discussion on XFR 2's Impact on Ryzen 2nd Gen's performance on the OC3D Forums

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20-04-2018, 13:46:08

stealth80
Not sure I agree with this:

"One other aspect that is worth noting for X470 is enhanced DDR4 memory support, which will allow users to have an easier time accessing higher memory clock speeds."

From what I have read so far the memory improvements are on the CPU itself with the improved mem controller, in that very video he is able to dial in the exact same settings on both the X4 and X3 chipsets.Quote

20-04-2018, 13:57:31

NeverBackDown
The statement is correct. It has better memory support from BIOS and probably has better BIOS overall.Quote

20-04-2018, 17:28:52

MacLeod
Kinda what I expected. X470 is really only supposed to have some better power delivery bits so there shouldn't be any real performance difference.

This video kinda reaffirms my notion of keeping my 1600X. I got lucky and got one that runs solid 24/7 at 4 gig, runs really cool and barely needed any voltage tweaking to get there. For a 3% gain, I don't think it's worth $250 to get a 2600X especially since all I do is game....and porn or course.Quote

21-04-2018, 05:39:45

Gothmoth
so when there is no performance difference that would mean precision boost 2 is working on x370 boards already?

i thought the support would only come in later bios versions for x370.Quote

22-04-2018, 18:02:48

stealth80
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
The statement is correct. It has better memory support from BIOS and probably has better BIOS overall.
Nope, people are getting 3600mhz ram speeds o nX370 chipsets using the new 2xxx series CPU's, at least from the stuff ive seen anywayQuote
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