Page 2:Performance Power Profiles and Test Platforms
Page 3:3DMark Physics, Ashes of the Singularity, Battlefield 1 & 4
Page 4:Civilization VI AI & Graphics Test, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, GTA V
Page 5:Hitman (2016), Metro: Last Light Redux, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Page 6:Project CARS, Rise of the Tomb Raider, And The Division
Performance Power Profiles and Test Platforms
Game Testing Particulars
Due to time constraints, our original review only included five games and the Ryzen 7 1800X. This time around, we're expanding to include 11 games and all three Ryzen 7 processors. At launch time, AMD gave us a list of titles that respond favorably to its new architecture, including Sniper Elite 4 (DX12), Battlefield 1 (DX12), The Division, Star Wars: Battlefront, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, Battlefield Hardline, Overwatch, Witcher 3, and Dead Rising. We added Battlefield 1 and The Division to our line-up for this round of testing.
AMD recommends disabling the HPET (High Precision Event Timer) and using Windows' "High performance" power profile to improve gaming results. We can confirm that both adjustments do confer gains. The High performance profile, in particular, offers the biggest boost. AMD adds:
- Core Parking Off: Idle CPU cores are instantaneously available for thread scheduling. In contrast, the Balanced plan aggressively places idle CPU cores into low power states. This can cause additional latency when un-parking cores to accommodate varying loads.
- Fast frequency change: The AMD Ryzen processor can alter its voltage and frequency states in the 1ms intervals natively supported by the “Zen” architecture. In contrast, the Balanced plan may take longer for voltage and frequency (V/f) changes due to software participation in power state changes
AMD also announced that it will provide an update in the April time frame that adjusts parameters for the Balanced profile to increase performance.
In an effort to give Ryzen the most favorable conditions possible, we test AMD and Intel CPUs alike using the High performance power plan, and with the HPET disabled. We tested the CPUs with the stock clock settings. In our original coverage, we included numbers with SMT disabled. This time around, however, it's turned on. Enthusiasts should not be expected to toggle back and forth depending on the application they're running.
We're using the same hardware you saw in our Ryzen 7 1800X review, except that we switched over to MSI's X370 XPower Gaming Titanium motherboard. The rapidly-evolving nature of the Ryzen ecosystem (and by that we mean incessant firmware updates) means that our gaming results are only representative of today's test environment; it may change in the future.
Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, 1700
MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium
2x Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666
MSI 970 Gaming
2x Kingston HyperX DDR3 2133
Intel Core i7-7700K
MSI Z270 Gaming M7
2x Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666
ASRock X99 Extreme4
4x Crucial DDR4 2400
1TB Samsung PM863
SilverStone ST1500, 1500W
Windows 10 Pro (All Updates) Version 1607
|GPU||EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FE|
Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4
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- Performance Power Profiles and Test Platforms
- 3DMark Physics, Ashes of the Singularity, Battlefield 1 & 4
- Civilization VI AI & Graphics Test, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, GTA V
- Hitman (2016), Metro: Last Light Redux, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Project CARS, Rise of the Tomb Raider, And The Division