Gaming Performance

In order to test gaming performance properly, and really get a good feel for it, and cover all the bases for the big picture, we decided to test 1080p, 1440p, and 4K resolutions, all three resolutions to see from top to bottom how RAM performance affects gaming. For testing, we are using an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition video card. This will ensure we are CPU bound at 1080p, but also some games will still be GPU bound at 4K.

Battlefield 2042

Intel Core i5-12600K Alder Lake DDR4 vs DDR5 Performance Battlefield 2042

Generally speaking, there were no noticeable differences in gameplay performance in Battlefield 2042 between the different RAM types at any resolution. Technically speaking, there was a slight 1.2 FPS difference at 1080p. This is so small it could be the margin of error, remember we are doing a manual run-through. For all intents and purposes, performance was the same no matter what.

Cyberpunk 2077

Intel Core i5-12600K Alder Lake DDR4 vs DDR5 Performance Cyberpunk 2077

We also do a manual run-through in this game, and we are once again not seeing any difference in performance at any resolution. Only at 1080p is there a tiny 1.1 FPS difference, which is within the margin of error for a manual run-through.

Far Cry 6

Intel Core i5-12600K Alder Lake DDR4 vs DDR5 Performance Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6 breaks from the norm from the last two games above. These results were repeatable and consistent, as we run the benchmark. Performance with DDR5 was higher specifically at 1080p, and less so at 1440p, and pretty much the same at 4K. At 1080p the system with DDR5 was 8% faster, or 10 FPS, this is significant. It’s enough to notice a difference and to make a difference comparing hardware. At 1440p DDR5 was 2% faster, so less of a difference. It seems though at 1080p with a fast GPU, DDR5 can potentially be faster.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Game Of The Year Edition

Intel Core i5-12600K Alder Lake DDR4 vs DDR5 Performance Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Game Of The Year Edition

Flight Sim was interesting, as it actually went the other way at 1080p. The DDR4 platform was just a tad faster, but not noticeably so, and not in a major way. We ran and re-ran the DDR5 results and this was as fast as it would go. Don’t really know why it turned out like that, but at 1440p and 4K, it made no difference which platform.

Watch Dogs Legion

Intel Core i5-12600K Alder Lake DDR4 vs DDR5 Performance Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion was another game, like Far Cry 6 where we did see a performance difference at 1080p. It seems DDR5 was 3% faster, it’s a small difference, but it is there. Otherwise, 1440p and 4K were the same.

Crysis Remastered

Intel Core i5-12600K Alder Lake DDR4 vs DDR5 Performance Crysis Remastered

Crysis Remastered was the same between both platforms, just a 1 FPS difference at 1440p and 1080p, so they were the same, and 4K was the same. RAM type made no difference here.

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5 Comments

  1. How is that MSI cooler doing? CPU cooling for alder lake is my main big question atm and MSI liquid coolers seem to be one of the few that are compatible that I can get over here.

    Especially worried after reading that article where they show bent CPU heatsinks with dodgy cooler mounts.

  2. [QUOTE=”Denpepe, post: 45055, member: 284″]
    How is that MSI cooler doing? CPU cooling for alder lake is my main big question atm and MSI liquid coolers seem to be one of the few that are compatible that I can get over here.

    Especially worried after reading that article where they show bent CPU heatsinks with dodgy cooler mounts.
    [/QUOTE]

    It’s the best cooler that I’ve had on the test bench (on the 10980XE though). I’m sure Brent has better feedback on Alder Lake specifically…

  3. I’ll have more experience in the near future, have it installed on a 12700K right now, and then 12900K, so far as far as the 12600K goes it went real well, and that CPU stayed cool very well with it, however, I have been running it on 100% fan speeds for testing purposes, so it’s loud. I will be getting to temp testing on the 12700K soon, and then 12900K ,and we’ll really see how it holds up. As for bent heat spreaders, haven’t noticed anything odd. I will say though that with the screws screwed into the backplate it’s a lot looser than I would have thought it would be, or I should say, compared to other coolers, but it’s not a problem once you screw down the block on top of the screws with the thumbscrews, it tightens up nicely, and you really can’t over tighten it, it has a natural stop. Make sure to check in next week to see how the temps on the 12700K did, then in a couple more weeks the 12900K.

  4. I will leave a link to the article I read, it’s kind of though to read guess it did not translate well but found it interesting. [URL]https://www.igorslab.de/en/bad-cooling-at-alder-lake-problems-at-socket-lga-1700-on-the-lane-among-all-remedies/[/URL]

    Does look like the risks are bigger with cheaper boards.

  5. [QUOTE=”Denpepe, post: 45073, member: 284″]
    Does look like the risks are bigger with cheaper boards.
    [/QUOTE]
    That’s par for the course for a number of reasons. That being said, I did notice that the back plate EK offers for it’s LGA 1200 / 2066 socket waterblocks is much thicker and beefier than what I’ve seen on pretty much every generation going way back to the pre-Sandy Bridge era.

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