Page 1:Features & Specifications
Page 2:Test Setup & Overclocking
Page 3:VRMark, 3DMark & AotS: Escalation
Page 4:Civilization VI & Battlefield 1
Page 5:Grand Theft Auto V, Hitman & Shadow of Mordor
Page 6:Project CARS & Rise of the Tomb Raider
Page 7:Workstation & HPC Performance
Page 8:Power Consumption & Thermals
Page 9:Final Analysis
Civilization VI & Battlefield 1
Civilization VI AI Test
Core i9-7900X suffered tremendously during our Civilization VI graphics test, but it clings onto a leading spot in the more CPU-focused AI benchmark. This is surprising considering the metric's preference for quad-core processors.
Even more surprising, Core i7-7820X falls to the bottom of our field. We retested several times with varying parameters, but there is no clear answer to explain the -7820X's lackluster performance. Overclocking helps the -7820X overtake a stock Ryzen 7 1800X, but it embarrassingly trails the tuned six-core Ryzen 5 1600X.
Civilization VI Graphics Test
Core i7-7820X joins Core i9-7900X at the bottom of this chart, while the 8-core Broadwell-E-based -6900K takes pole position. The Ryzen models are very competitive; they outperform both Skylake-X processors.
Intel suggested to us that some programs might require optimizations to accommodate its new mesh topology. Civilization VI appears to be among them.
Battlefield 1 (DX11)
The Core i7-7820X shows up ahead of Core i7-6900K on our chart, though the difference is tiny. Although Ryzen takes the bottom positions, again, we're talking about a slight loss of average frame rate compared to much more expensive CPUs. Without question, our Battlefield 1 benchmark is mostly graphics-bound.
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