Best Graphics Card for Ryzen 7 1700

Best Graphics Card for Ryzen 7 1700 – When you are trying to choose the best video card for Ryzen 1700, there are a few things you really do need to think about before you make that final choice.

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1.XFX Radeon RX 580

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We’re sure there’s something, under the silicon hood, substantially different about the Polaris 20 chip that lets AMD claim it’s new. But the company didn’t provide any details about major changes with this chip that’s at the core of the RX 580 and RX 570. And we see a good many similarities between the specs of the RX 580 and the Radeon RX 480 it’s replacing. Both chips have a reported die size of 232mm squared, and both feature 36 compute units, 2,304 stream processors, and 144 texture units. And both cards feature the same 256-bit memory bandwidth

Then again, we were also told in person by AMD reps that the Radeon RX 580 would be offered only with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, rather than the 4GB and 8GB options offered up with the previous-generation Radeon RX 480. Yet the night before launch, we were sent a list of cards by the company that cited five 4GB models of the Radeon RX 580. So we’re taking everything AMD says about these cards with a grain of salt.

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2.XFX GTS XXX Edition RX 580

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The Radeon RX 580, which we’re looking at here in the form of an XFX card (the $249.99-MSRP Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX Edition), and the Radeon RX 570 (which you can expect a review of here shortly) are expected to compete with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX 1050 Ti, respectively.

Indeed, what’s looking like a turnaround one. After teasing its upcoming “Vega” graphics cards and showing off quite a few AM4 motherboards at CES 2017 in early January, the company launched its long-awaited “Zen”-based Ryzen CPU platform, starting in early March. While the chips, like the high-end Ryzen 7 1800X and midrange Ryzen 5 1600X, launched with some issues around 1080p gaming performance (compared to competing Intel CPUs), the Ryzen chips have been praised overall.

In general, they deliver multi-core computing performance that often competes well with Intel chips that cost twice as much, or more.

After the launch of the company’s Ryzen 5 processors in mid-April, the expected next steps for AMD were high-end Vega-based graphics cards (these have been promised sometime in the second quarter), and a lineup of lower-end Ryzen 3 processors, expected sometime in the second half of the year.

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3.Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070

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There are cheaper RTX 2070 cards than Gigabyte’s 2070 Gaming OC, if you’re able to tolerate a TU106 processor binned for lower clock rates. And we are partial to Nvidia’s cooler. It doesn’t offer semi-passive operation like Gigabyte’s Windforce 3X, but it’s nice and compact, operates quietly under load, and keeps the GPU at a lower temperature.

In comparison, the thermal solution on Gigabyte’s 2070 Gaming OC 8G is thinned out to fit in a two-slot footprint. And its smaller 80mm fans have to spin quickly to keep up with TU106’s heat.

Exacerbating the situation is a stock power ceiling that appears to be about 40W higher than Nvidia’s own board. An elevated GPU voltage allows Gigabyte to hit aggressive clock rates, but it also results in more heat for the fans to cope with.

This situation compounds once you button the card up into a closed chassis. In a worst-case scenario, GPU temperatures reach 80 degrees Celsius, the fans spin at almost 2,700 RPM, and the core clock rate drops under Nvidia’s 1,620 MHz reference.

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4.ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT

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Clock speeds on the ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 are set at 1,670 MHz (Game Clock) and 1,750 MHz (Boost clock). In most cases, clock speeds will end up much closer to the Game Clock than Boost clock. AMD tends to list a maximum speed while Nvidia boost clocks are more of a minimum. The base memory speed on the Phantom Gaming is 1,500 MHz (12 Gbps).

This is still the reference specification for the GPU, though other card partners bumped the memory up to 1,750 MHz (14 Gbps) extracting a bit more performance out of the cards in doing so.

AMD lists the RX 5600 XT Total Board Power (TBP) as 150W in reference form. Actual power use will vary between partner cards due to clock speeds, fans and other minor differences. ASRock doesn’t list a TDP for its card, though like AMD it recommends at least a 450W power supply. A single 8-pin PCIe connector is required.

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5.Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 may no longer be the flagship GPU du jour, with RTX 3080 just announced at Nvidia’s September 1 event. However, it still very much holds its own in a souped up gaming rig, and is one of the most powerful gaming cards, especially in the RTX line.

This Turing card’s performance still justifies its relatively high price and is only slightly limited next to its more powerful siblings and rivals on our best graphics cards list. So, unless you need 4K 60fps performance, you can skip the RTX 2080 Ti for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080.

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Best Graphics Card for Ryzen 7 1700 – If your PC is built around Ryzen 1700, it is common to have some confusion about a GPU for Ryzen 1700. Picking your graphics card is crucial to get the best performance, but with so many options out there, how can you choose? You need something truly special for the Ryzen 7 1700 Integrated Graphics.

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