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AMD Ryzen 5 1500X CPU Review

Shadow of Mordor & Project CARS

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor appears mostly graphics-bound, so there isn't much difference between the various host processors.

AMD's Ryzen 5 1500X responds well to overclocking, which helps propel it from the bottom of our chart to third from the top. As a percentage, though, the improvement is only 3%.

That blue outcropping near the center of our frame time measurements represents the Ryzen 7 1700 suffering from increased variance during that portion of the scripted benchmark sequence.

Project CARS

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Project CARS responds most readily to high clock rates and IPC throughput. After observing the 1500X's decent results in other games, we're surprised it doesn't fare better in this title.

The 1500X does manage to outpace AMD's Ryzen 7 1700, but even a bit of tuning does little to increase its standing against the other processors.


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  • Goran_11
    Good review. I would like to see more reviews about AMD Ryzen platform.
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  • IceMyth
    I think you missed the i5-7600K from the Price per Usable Core/Thread table which is $57.2 if you buy it from OutletPC but if you buy it from Amazon.com it will be ~$60.
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  • Shale
    Be careful, your fingerprint is visible on the CPU, someone could get enough of it from that photo to print and form a latex fingerprint that could be used to frame you for a crime, or depending on the finger and usage, be used for security breach or unlocking your phone.
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  • InvalidError
    Cost per 1% low FPS might be a better metric: emphasize sustainability. Maybe a 35-45-20 blend of average-1%-0.1%.
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  • Wisecracker
    <50w in the gaming loop is impressive
    Great job overall by AMD, and would love to see a 'head-to-head' with an OC'd AM3+ rig (FX-6350 at 4.5GHz?)

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  • jkhoward
    It has been shown time and time again that the AMD chip when paired with a Nvidia card has poor performance. You should really consider getting an AMD Workstation card for your test until Nvidia can fix the issue.
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  • velocityg4
    Why didn't you use the same CPU options for both the Workstation and gaming tests? It would have been helpful to know how an overclocked 1500x stands up against an i5-7500 in any use case. If someone is overclocking for gaming. They aren't likely to disable the overclock when working.

    It sounds like Toms German and US labs need to communicate a bit more to set exact testing requirements for a review. That way the reader receives consistent data.

    As it stands now. The review is haphazard. There are different data sources for gaming, workstation, temperature and power.
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  • $hawn
    "8T/12T powerhouses" - I think there's a typo here
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  • $hawn
    Sorry it's correct
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  • elbert
    Looks like the Ryzen 5 1500X bests the i5-7500 while overclocked. Should the test have included best OC with the stock cooler? Price is important at this level and an aftermarket cooler stripes it of the price advantage.
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