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Ryzen 5 1600 with 3200mhz ram or Ryzen 7 1700 with 2133?

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Hey all,

So I'm about to make the switch to Ryzen (Ryzen 1600) from Intel, and am kind of at a crossroads with regards to what the best decision is here. I've read that Ryzen scales well with fast ram, so decided to replace my 2133 ram that I'm using with my Skylake build with some 3200 ram. Upon reflection though, would that money be better spent keeping my 2133 ram and upgrading to a 1700 or 1700x? I should note with the Z170 build anyways I was able to OC the 2133 to 2666 stable without any problems.

Thanks!
Edited by seanpatrick - 4/20/17 at 8:37pm
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That's a tough call. I'd personally go for the 1700(x) and upgrade the RAM later of you don't get the performance you want out of it with the current ram. It's easier to upgrade ram later than to upgrade the CPU later. Less cost involved.
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I'd go with the 1700 option. You'd be better served for down the road as well.
 
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I would do ddr4 2400, r5 1600, save m ok ney for a new gpu.
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Hey all,

So I'm about to make the switch to Ryzen (Ryzen 1600) from Intel, and am kind of at a crossroads with regards to what the best decision is here. I've read that Ryzen scales well with fast ram, so decided to replace my 2133 ram that I'm using with my Skylake build with some 3200 ram. Upon reflection though, would that money be better spent keeping my 2133 ram and upgrading to a 1700 or 1700x? I should note with the Z170 build anyways I was able to OC the 2133 to 2666 stable without any problems.

Thanks!

Ryzen cores are all the same. So effectively your single core performance will be virtually the same on a 1700 or a 1600. Sure there can be differences in the silicon and the lottery to get a good cpu. but realistically your single core performance will be the same.

Do you need 16 threads? If you are on a 4 core intel that multitasks then you are running 8 threads. Will 12 threads of a 1600 be suffice?

Here is the kicker, memory speed offers big performance boosts. Here is an example. Note the read, write and copy ram speeds. This is my system with memory at 2933 and same memory at 3200.


7% increase from 2933 > 3200, imagine what 2133 >3200 would be.
Edited by Gigabytes - 4/24/17 at 9:42pm
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I'd go for the Ryzen 5 1600 with the 3200 MHz RAM. RAM has high influence on Ryzen's performance. But to have the highest chance of actually reaching the 3200 MHz, you need all of the following;
  • A good motherboard that supports the memory correctly
  • RAM specifically designed for Ryzen
  • Luck on the silicon lottery for the IMC to reach the desired speed.


If you're gaming, there will be no difference between the 1600 and the 1700. No game will use the 12 threads of the 1600, let alone the 16 threads of the 1700. Even if you plan on streaming at the same time, the 1600 is enough. The biggest performance influence here is the RAM speed.
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R5 1600 + 3200MHz thumb.gif You can OC that 1600 with a good mobo & basically match the R7 1800 thumbsupsmiley.png
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