Page 1:Six Cores and 65W for $200
Page 2:Overclocking & Test Setup
Page 3:VRMark, 3DMark & AotS: Escalation
Page 4:Civilization VI Graphics & AI, Dawn of War III
Page 5:Far Cry Primal, GTA: V & Hitman
Page 6:Shadow Of War & Project CARS 2
Page 7:Office & Productivity
Page 8:Rendering, Encoding & Compression
Page 9:Final Analysis
Far Cry Primal, GTA: V & Hitman
Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal showed Intel's CPU line-up leading again. Interestingly, Ryzen 5 and Core i5 beat Ryzen 7 and Core i7, telling us that this title doesn't benefit from simultaneous multi-threading, but rather is penalized by the technology.
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V favors Intel architectures and, more generally, multi-core designs with high clock rates.
After overclocking, the Ryzen 5 2600 beat Intel's Core i5-8400. At stock settings, though, a lower base frequency caused the chip to trail many of our other test platforms.
A few months ago, Hitman received an update that imposed a 90 FPS performance ceiling, limiting its utility as a benchmark. Fortunately for us, IO Interactive recently did away with that cap. So, we retested all of the CPUs in our pool.
The benchmark results clearly split between Intel Core (up top) and AMD Ryzen (down below) CPUs. Nevertheless, an overclocked Ryzen 5 2600 achieved similar performance as the tuned 2600X.
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