At this point, we know that Ryzen 3 is a strong case for budget games compared to Intel Kium Lake Pentium G4560 and Core i5-7400, as well as AMD's own Ryzen 5 1400 …
However, what we still have to learn is whether this scenario changes with overclocking and whether people with older high-end chips like the Core i5-2500K and the FX-8370 have something to see here.
The second-generation core architecture, codenamed Sandy Bridge, was released in early 2011 and may represent Intel's most impressive processor series for enthusiasts of the past decade. The 2500K was positioned as a replacement for the 2009 Core i5-750 and cost $ 216. However, it outperformed the $ 1,000 Core i7 975 Extreme Edition and consumed significantly less power. No wonder that so many system builders have invested in the chip.
Although five years have passed, the difference between today's 7th generation Core i5-7600K and 2500K isn't that great when they are matched clock by clock. Still, many Core i5-2500K owners have wondered if it is time to upgrade, and in particular asked if they should switch to the extremely affordable Ryzen 3 1200 or the R5 1400 with higher thread. Likewise, many of you still come with AMD's FX from the -4000, 6000, and 8000 series CPUs, asking what you can expect from an upgrade to Ryzen 3.
To answer your questions, we're back with the numbers from nine other games rated 1080p. For this test round, we overclocked the Core i5-2500K and FX-8370 to 4.4 GHz (a particularly mild boost for the Core i5), while the Ryzen 3 1200 and Ryzen 5 1400 were set to 4.0 GHz. We also supplied the Pentium G4560, which however ran at a locked speed of 3.5 GHz. Then continue with the results …
When playing Battlefield 1 on the GTX 1060, every CPU except the FX-8370 could use the card to the maximum. I previously found that the FX series in Battlefield 1 is really struggling and frame drops are common. The Core i5-2500K, on the other hand, had no problems with the Ryzen CPUs, but neither did the G4560.
When we switch to the GTX 1070, the Pentium G4560 gradually falls behind, and interestingly, the FX-8370 has now managed to move forward, even though the old AMD CPU clearly outperforms the Ryzen and Core i5-2500K CPUs.
When installing the more powerful GTX 1080, we find a real weakness in the FX-8370, and this eight-core / four-module CPU shockingly has problems beating the dual-core Pentium G4560. On average, the 2500K with the GTX 1080 delivered 28% more frames. The 2500K even replaced the R3 1200 with a few additional frames and was not much slower than the R5 1400. This is exactly why so many people love the 2500K and of course its bigger brother, the 2600K.
F1 2016 has even more interesting results to offer. With the GTX 1060 installed, the FX-8370 tries again to achieve maximum performance and falls a few frames behind the package. Not a big deal until you install something with a little more momentum.
A card like the GTX 1070 for example. Here the FX-8370 achieves the same minimum of 55 fps as the Pentium G4560, although the average frame rate was 14% lower. You might think the FX-8370 offers a smoother experience with a closer gap between the minimum and average frame rates, but that wasn't the case.
In the meantime, the Core i5-2500K has compared the Ryzen 3 1200 and the Ryzen 5 1400 with an impressive average performance of 94 fps. The 2500K wasn't finished yet. With the GTX 1080 installed, we can see that the 2500K is actually ahead of the Ryzen CPUs and offers a minimum frame rate of 87 fps. So if you have overclocked 2500K and play F1 2016, I would probably hold back upgrading to a modern CPU under $ 200.
Far Cry Primal is a strong GPU-bound game, and yet the FX-8370 stands out like an aching thumb. Intel always seems to have an advantage in this title, so it's probably not surprising that the Pentium G4560 outperforms the FX-8370 with every step. The Core i5-2500K also makes it difficult for the Ryzen CPUs and with a fairly reasonable configuration using the GTX 1070, the Ryzen 3 1200 couldn't keep up with 4 GHz.