AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Beats i7 6800K in 13 Game Benchmarks

/ 4 years ago

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During their presentation last week, AMD launched their Ryzen processors with pre-orders starting right away. However, it won’t be until March 2nd that the new CPUs become available and the review NDA lifts. So far, we’ve just had a few synthetic benchmarks leak out and even fewer gaming tests. Luckily for us, a Chinese site has let their review go live early before NDA and they’ve tested in 13 games in addition to other benchmarks.

AMD Ryzen 7 R7 1700X vs Intel i7 6800K 1

Interestingly, the review went for a price point comparison instead of by pure core count. They pitted the 8 core 16 thread $399 Ryzen 7 1700X against the 6 core 12 thread $420 Intel Core i7 6800K. As you might expect, in the various synthetic benchmarks, the 1700X pulls ahead by a wide margin due to its higher core count. For the single threaded tests it is only slightly slower due to its lower stock clocks.

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Across the titles tested, the 1700X managed to win in nearly every metric. In the few cases it fell behind, it was usually less than a 2% deficit in terms of FPS. When it pull ahead though, gains of about 5% increase were quite common. In a few titles that were more multi-core friendly like Civ 6 and The Division, the margin of victory grew to even 20%+. Even more crazy is the fact that platform power was lower throughout, with idle consuming 57% less power and full load gaming at 25% lower. The 1800X was even saddled with slightly slower DDR4 as well and only dual channel to boot.

With these amazing numbers, we can see that AMD’s 52% IPC gain isn’t just for synthetic benchmarks. The results of the 4 years of hard work on the Zen architecture have finally paid off. If these numbers are to be trusted, AMD’s big bet on Ryzen looks pretty smart right about now.

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