Game Benchmarks – Part 1

Grand Theft Auto V

Now it is time to test games.  In Grand Theft Auto V we are using the built-in benchmark and testing at two resolutions, 1440p and 4K.  We have all the in-game options turned on to their highest levels for the highest quality graphics included the Advanced options for long-distance draw and shadow draw.  The video card in all the tests is an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition.

In this first graph, we are looking at 1440p with the highest in-game settings.  The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X gets 105.9 FPS while the Ryzen 5 3600 yields 103.2 FPS.  That puts the Ryzen 5 3600X at a 3% performance advantage at 1440p.

Now we have increased the resolution to 4K at the same highest in-game settings.  The Ryzen 5 3600X comes in at 73.3 FPS while the Ryzen 5 3600 is at 73.2 FPS.  The performance is exactly the same, there is an advantage to either CPU at 4K as the game is GPU dependent at 4K even in this older game.

Far Cry 5

In Far Cry 5 we are running the game at 1440p with the highest in-game settings and HD Textures running the benchmark.  The Ryzen 5 3600X comes in at 110 FPS and the Ryzen 5 3600 at 108 FPS.  That’s a 2% advantage toward the Ryzen 5 3600X.  That is too small of a difference to be noticeable in-game at 1440p.

Now we have increased to 4K resolution with the same in-game settings.  Performance is now equal at 62 FPS between the CPUs with no difference at all.  This shows that at 4K, even in this game, you become totally GPU dependent.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint

In Ghost Recon Breakpoint we are running the game at 1440p with the “Ultimate” setting in the benchmark which is the highest in-game settings.  The Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600 both give 88 FPS average performance in the benchmark.  This game is already GPU dependent at 1440p with “Ultimate” settings. 

At 4K we lowered the game to Ultra settings, but the result is the same, at 65 FPS average both CPUs perform exactly the same. 

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  1. Wow… for that kind of performance boost Intel would want you to buy a whole new kit. New motherboard, new ram and a new CPU altogether in order to support the ‘newer faster cpu’. I mean… not TODAY but 5 years ago… 3-7% would have been considered a generational bump. ;)

    Yea I still have oodles of snark vs Intel. ;)

  2. It seems that when ever Intel introduces a new line you have to buy a motherboard with it!

    I used to be a big fan of AMD back in the Athlon days and started going Intel. However, now I’m seriously rethinking my choices. :p

  3. The 3600X just doesn’t make sense, similar to the 3800X (or any of the recent “XT” chips for that matter). I mean, sure, they’re a little tiny bit quicker, but for the difference in price and not to mention thermals, the plain 3600 is the obvious choice.

    There’s four options that make sense to me in the Zen 2 lineup: 3600, 3700X, 3900X, and 3950X depending on your requirements.

  4. I did a trade deal for a 3600x .. and doggone it! .. my little 11 year old princess is worth that 3 to 5%!!

    If I were to actually of had to pay out of pocket, I would have gone with the 3600.

    It’s been touched on in this thread knocking Intel for whole new chipsets for that type of performance bump .. but man, look at the performance gains we got with AM4 .. and it’s still going with B450’s and up.

    My daughter went from a 2200g to 2700x to her now 3600x ..on her B350

    Wife went from 2200g to 3400g on her B350

    I started with 1700 on the now wife’s B350 to 1700 to 2700x to 3700x on an x470 and then jumped to an x570

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