Gaming Performance 4K

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

Cyberpunk 2077

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Ryzen 5 3600X Performance Cyberpunk 2077 4K

At 4K, in Cyberpunk 2077 we are really GPU limited here. That said, technically AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is 3% faster than Ryzen 5 3600X, but in reality, this is less than a 1FPS difference. That is certainly within the margin for error. Turning on PBO also falls within this margin for error, therefore at 4K, the CPU matters not here.

Far Cry 6

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Ryzen 5 3600X Performance Far Cry 6 4K

In Far Cry 6, we are running at 4K with all Ray Tracing turned on. We see similar performance, where we are GPU bound, there’s only a 1FPS difference, or 1.5%, between the CPUs which is within the margin for error.

Watch Dogs Legion

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Ryzen 5 3600X Performance Watch Dogs Legion 4K

In Watch Dogs Legion we are also completely GPU bound at 4K, there is no difference between the two CPUs.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Ryzen 5 3600X Performance Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 4K

We saw a large difference at 1080p, but here at 4K there really isn’t anything that is noticeable. There’s technically a 1.8% advantage, but that’s just 1FPS, so within the margin of error.

Red Dead Redemption 2

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Ryzen 5 3600X Performance Red Dead Redemption 2 4K

The is also true in Red Dead Redemption 2, a small 1.7% difference, so within the margin of error.

Crysis Remastered

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Ryzen 5 3600X Performance Crysis Remastered 4K

This is the one game where the CPU does matter at 4K. We are not completely GPU bound here at “Very High” settings. The AMD Ryzen 7 5600X is 12% faster than the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X at 4K in Crysis Remastered at Very High settings. That’s a significant and noticeable difference at 4K, going from 58FPS to 65FPS means higher minimum framerates throughout. This game definitely benefits from the newer CPU.

Metro Exodus Enhanced

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X vs Ryzen 5 3600X Performance Metro Exodus Enhanced 4K

In this game, we are GPU bound, and performance is within the margin of error, 1%.

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Brent Justice

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2 Comments

  1. Nice article Brent!

    I assume my 2700x is same or worse than the 3600x, so a 5600x would be an upgrade… I just haven’t had the cpu power need lately (and I’m broke… home repairs)

  2. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 43018, member: 297″]
    Nice article Brent!

    I assume my 2700x is same or worse than the 3600x, so a 5600x would be an upgrade… I just haven’t had the cpu power need lately (and I’m broke… home repairs)
    [/QUOTE]
    I would think you’d enjoy the IPC gains across the 2 generations. You’d lose 2 cores but gain all that IPC performance (and memory performance)..

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