AMD took over the covers from Ryzen 3 by releasing its affordable R3 1300X and R3 1200 quad-core chips last month. Our first day review included overclocking, thermal, power consumption, and productivity and gaming benchmarks, but we only had time to thoroughly test three titles. For many of you, it was more worrying that we only compared with a Pascal-based Titan X graphics card.
The Titan removes concerns about possible GPU bottlenecks. This shows how big the performance difference is when playing on different processors. However, we all agree that no player will pair a $ 110 CPU with a $ 1,650 GPU, and mid-range graphics are unlikely to match this level of performance in the near future.
In order to better illustrate the comparison of Ryzen 3 with Ryzen 5 and the competing processors from Intel, we tested the GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 in nine different PC games. The results should tell us a few things about these CPUs, GPUs, and modern games, so let's go over them.
Battlefield 1 comes first and there is a lot going on here. The blue bars represent the Intel processors tested here (Core i5-7400 and Pentium G4560), while the red bars represent AMDs Ryzen 5 1400, Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200.
After testing five CPUs three times in Battlefield 1 with the GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080, we noticed no deviations between these processors. The G4560 delivered the same numbers as the i5-7400 and all AMD parts.
Things start to change a bit when we replace the GTX 1060 with the more powerful GTX 1070. Based on previous tests with high-end CPUs, we know that the 1070 is 35% faster on average than the 1060 and contains 50% more cores.
When we pair the Pentium G4560 with the GTX 1070, we see that the minimum frame rate is only improved by 11%, which looks like an obvious CPU bottleneck. This is confirmed by the 31% increase in performance of the Core i5-7400 when equipped with the 1070.
The Ryzen 5 1400 also enabled a nice 28% increase in the minimum frame rate. Remember that it is possible to overclock the Ryzen CPUs. To the dismay of many readers, however, I am sure that I will not overclock Ryzen in this piece.
Instead, I want to create a baseline and then examine overclocking performance separately. There were a lot of tests to get this far: 30 benchmark runs for each of the 9 games tested, around 270 benchmark runs to compare these chips without overclocking.
Apart from that, the Ryzen 3 1200 and 1300X give us a good idea of how well these CPUs respond to overclocking, since the 1300X is already 5% faster with the GTX 1070 and the R3 1200 is 8% faster than the G4560. Increase the minimum frame rate.
As soon as we switch to the GTX 1080, it becomes clear that none of these CPUs is able to achieve the maximum performance of this GPU, although this is a game that is heavily dependent on CPU performance.
With the 1080 compared to the 1070, the i5-7400 and the R5 1400 were able to increase the minimum frame rates by only 4%. Interestingly, the Ryzen 3 CPUs did a little better with an increase of around 7%, but since the GTX 1080 has been around 30% faster than the 1070. You can rightly say that we are nowhere near getting the maximum performance.
F1 2016 is very CPU-intensive and we also see this when testing with the GTX 1060, since the CPUs with a lower or lower clock speed decrease slightly. The edges are certainly not remarkable, but there is a clear difference here compared to Battlefield 1.
Upgrading to the GTX 1070 has significantly increased the average frame rate for all five configurations, although it was different at the minimum frame rate, and here we will focus our attention.
Here, the Pentium G4560 saw no improvement at all, while the Ryzen 3 1200 saw a remarkable increase of 21%. Thanks to superior clock speeds, the 1300X also outperformed the SMT-capable R5 1400, although Intel's Kaby Lake i5-7400 delivered the best results right away with at least 77 fps.
When switching to the GTX 1080, we again see little or no performance improvements with the faster graphics card that uses these low-end to mid-range CPUs.
Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal is usually GPU-bound, but has delivered some interesting results – I typically say GPU-bound because this game only loads one thread. When using the GTX 1060, the performance is similar regardless of the CPU used.
The situation is similar with the GTX 1070. For whatever reason, Intel's highly clocked Kaby Lake CPUs dominate in this title, and here we see how the Core i5-7400 clearly detaches itself from the pack when considering the minimum frame rate.
However, this is the end of the road for the i5-7400. The installation of the GTX 1080 basically led to exactly the same results.