The Definitive AMD Ryzen 7 Real-World Gaming Guide

With our AMD Ryzen 7 overclocked to 4GHz we find out if this is a competitive real-world gaming CPU or not. We compare it with two overclocked Intel 7700K and 2600K systems across six different video card configurations at 4K, 1440p, and 1080p to find out which CPU provides the best gameplay experience using playable game settings.


Battlefield 1 Multiplayer

We are utilizing Battlefield 1 Multiplayer mode in a 64 player game in the Amiens map. We are playing in DX11 mode as this was the fastest API for all video cards.

The playable performance was first found on the Intel i7 2600K at 4.5GHz system. We found what was playable on that system in this game and matched all the other video cards to those same game graphics setting. Our goal was to achieve at least 60 FPS average performance to be "playable" as we always do for MP gaming.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti @ 4K

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At 4K on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with the playable "Ultra" settings in-game we find the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU at 4GHz lagging behind the two Intel systems. Technically, it is the slowest here, although the performance is closer to Intel 2600K 4.5GHz performance. At the above 60 FPS all three systems are playable anyway at the highest in-game settings, so while it trails, the gameplay experience is nearly identical.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 @ 1440p

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We see a turnaround at 1440p on the GeForce GTX 1080. We now see AMD Ryzen 7 1700X right on par with 2600K 4.5GHz performance. However, Intel 7700K 5GHz does take the lead.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 @ 1080p

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At 1080p on the GeForce GTX 1060 we start to see the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X peak ahead of the Intel 2600K 4.5GHz slightly. Intel 7700K takes the performance lead, but this result at 1080p is encouraging for Ryzen. In other testing there was worry that 1080p performance suffered on Ryzen, but here we see it pushing ahead when it comes to gaming at real-world playable game settings.

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 480 @ 1080p

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With the Radeon RX 480 at 1080p the numbers are much closer than they were with the GeForce GTX 1060. In this graph all CPUs are very close to each other in performance.

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 480 CrossFire @ 1440p

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Things really get whacky when we introduce RX 480 CrossFire across each system. Keep in mind, there is somewhat of a PCIe bandwidth limitation on the 2600K system. That said, it is trailing quite a bit in performance in CrossFire at 1440p, it suffers greatly. AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 4GHz is able to provide a lot better performance finally, compared to it. However, the 7700K at 5GHz surpasses them all and just obliterates everything else. This trend is not a one off either.

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 480 CrossFire @ 1080p

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We see the same pattern is true at 1080p with RX 480 CrossFire as well. AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 4GHz is able to provide a lot better performance over 2600K at 4.5GHz, but 770K at 5GHz is faster still.