Gaming Performance 1080p

On this page, we are going to see how gaming performance is affected between the CPUs at 1080p, which is generally more CPU-dependent. We are using a fast NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition Video card. On the next page, we will look at 4K performance. We have chosen games that are mixed in being GPU dependent, and CPU dependent, all modern games.

Cyberpunk 2077

AMD Ryzen 7 5800x versus Ryzen 7 3700X Cyberpunk 2077 1080p

As demanding graphically as Cyberpunk 2077 is, at 1080p and “Ultra” quality settings on the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition the CPU here does make a difference in performance. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is 5% faster. PBO adds a slight FPS increase.

Watch Dogs Legion

AMD Ryzen 7 5800x versus Ryzen 7 3700X Watch Dogs Legion 1080p

In Watch Dogs Legion we experience a much larger difference in performance between the CPUs at 1080p. The Ryzen 7 5800X is 16% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, which is very significant. It takes the framerate to over 100FPS with the Ryzen 7 5800X. Even turning on PBO adds 2% more performance.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

AMD Ryzen 7 5800x versus Ryzen 7 3700X Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 1080p

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 has a very significant difference in performance based on the CPU at 1080p. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is a very large 28% faster than the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU, with the same video card. This is a massive difference of 20FPS.

Red Dead Redemption 2

AMD Ryzen 7 5800x versus Ryzen 7 3700X Red Dead Redemption 2 1080p

Red Dead Redemption 2 does not have a large difference based on the CPU here, just about a 1% difference in performance at 1080p, this game is still very GPU bound even at 1080p at the highest in-game settings.

Crysis Remastered

AMD Ryzen 7 5800x versus Ryzen 7 3700X Crysis Remastered 1080p

Crysis Remastered is also drastically affected by the CPU at 1080p with the same video card. The Ryzen 7 5800X is 27% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, a difference of 20FPS. This is significant in this game, it has some very rough areas in performance, and the CPU matters a lot.

Metro Exodus Enhanced

AMD Ryzen 7 5800x versus Ryzen 7 3700X Metro Exodus Enhanced 1080p

Metro Exodus Enhanced is very GPU bound, and it does have Ray Tracing enabled at 1080p. We see that the CPU doesn’t affect performance to any noticeable degree even at 1080p with the game at the highest in-game settings.

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  1. I built 4 systems for people using the 3700X. I was really hoping there would be a 5700X. Or they could drop the price on the 5800X, that would work too. 3700X and 5800X are both good CPUs, but the superiority of Zen 3 really shines through. I wasn’t expecting an article like this, nice surprise, thanks Brent.

  2. I’m on a 5800x for my gaming PC. Very happy. I came from a 3800x. Which seems silly, but who cares. HAHA

  3. Cool to see a side by side between the two. I had considered upgrading to a 5800X, but think I’ll hold on to my 3700X for a couple more years. At 1440P the gaming difference is probably 2-5%, so it really doesn’t make sense.

    Curious, why was PBO not enabled for the 3700X?

  4. So basically for gaming at ultra / 4K it is worthless to upgrade, thanks for that, now my itch to replace my 3700x is completely gone.

  5. [QUOTE=”MadMummy76, post: 42250, member: 1298″]
    So basically for gaming at ultra / 4K it is worthless to upgrade, thanks for that, now my itch to replace my 3700x is completely gone.
    [/QUOTE]

    My thoughts exactly.

  6. It was a very nice incremental upgrade. The biggest benefits IMO were better RAM compatibility / higher RAM clocks, but the higher power envelope and clock speeds were nice.

    I wouldn’t see it as a necessary upgrading coming from Zen2+ either, but if you were on anything older (Haswell, for me), it was a very nice boost.

  7. I made the change from the 3700X to the 5800X and have enjoyed every single bit of improvements so far.

  8. [QUOTE=”MadMummy76, post: 42250, member: 1298″]
    So basically for gaming at ultra / 4K it is worthless to upgrade, thanks for that, now my itch to replace my 3700x is completely gone.
    [/QUOTE]
    Yeah.. That’s why I left my 3700X at home, and went with the upgrade for the work machine. I am noticing a good performance boost for my work applications for sure.

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