Game Benchmarks – Part 2

Gears 5

In Gears 5 we are running at 1440p with the “Ultra” settings and performance is exactly the same between the CPUs at 88 FPS. 

At 4K it is more of the same, same performance between the CPUs.

Red Dead Redemption 2

In Red Dead Redemption 2 we are running at 1440p but have set the game to custom “High” settings instead of the maximum settings.  In this game, we actually see a larger difference between the CPUs than we would have thought.  The Ryzen 5 3600X is at 71 FPS while the Ryzen 5 3600 is at 66 FPS.  That’s a 7% performance difference, and the highest we’ve seen yet in this entire performance comparison between the CPUs. 

Since this game is very demanding, the more FPS you can get really helps smooth out gameplay.  Therefore, for this game, running at “High” settings, the Ryzen 5 3600X does actually provide a better gameplay experience at 1440p on a high-end GPU.

Even at 4K, there is a slight difference of 3% which says something about the game.  Using a high-end GPU CPU can affect it if not running at the game’s highest possible settings.  Remember, we are running at “High” settings, not “Ultra” here.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

In this game at 1440p, we are running SMAA 4X and the highest in-game settings.  Performance is the same between the CPUs.

At 4K once again the CPU performance is 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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