Over the last few weeks we've been busy doing benchmarking two CPUs in over 30 games: AMD's Ryzen 5 2600 and Intel Core i5-8400. Before we get into the benchmark results - and I promise there's loads of stuff in them - here are some quick notes on test setup.
The i5-8400 Rig Core features the MSI B360 Gaming Plus, a high-quality B360 board that has no trouble getting the most out of a hexa-core CPU. Of course, we are limited to DDR4-2666 on this board, but we have used high quality and low latency from FlareX CL14 G.Skill memory. Cooling the i5-8400 is Intel's stock unit.
Then for Ryzen 5 2600 we use Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero and we have two configurations: stock out of box configuration using Wraith Stealth cooler and G.Skill FlareX CL14 memory clock at 2933 MHz. And a second test setup, runs 2GHz overclock 2 GHz using Gill Sniper X DDR4-3400 which is aggressively tuned with tightened sub timing. Here cooler is upgraded to Corsair H115i Pro.
For testing, we have 36 games in the menu. Each game has been tested at 720p, 1080p and 1440p resolutions using GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. I also want to include Liquid Vega 64, but considering we've run 324 individual tests, each three times ... almost 1,000 benchmarks run later, we're not too eager to make that 2,000. For now let's focus on CPU comparison and let 1080 Ti work in the background, so grab a drink, snack and get comfort. Let's go inside.
ARK: Survival Evolved, ARMA 3, Abu Singularity, Assassin's Creed, Battlefield 1
First of all, we have ARK: Survival Evolved and this is not a title I often test, but because popular demand is already included in the tested game sla. It's often listed in the top 10 most played games in Steam so I imagine there are some of you who want to see the results.
ARK Survival Evolved
[Epic Quality] GTX 1080 Tic
I hope this one is not good for Ryzen but the result is very surprising. We are mostly tied to the GPU even though at 720p we see Ryzen creeping forward. Still due to GPU limits, Ryzen 5 2600 overclock is no faster than stock configuration.
Another quite popular game on Steam and always highly solicited is ARMA 3. In the past this game went very bad on AMD processors, including Ryzen but I was told that the game has been updated recently to better utilize Ryzen CPU, or at least a CPU with more than one core and that certainly seems to be the case.
[Ultra Quality] GTX 1080 Ti
Out of the box the Ryzen 5 2600 does not have a problem matching the Core i5-8400 and the game is obviously CPU limited, because the overclock 2600 offers an impressive advantage.
Even in 1440p we saw a massive 20% performance improvement when overclocking core and Ryzen memory. This means the 2600 is now 19% faster than the Core i5-8400 when comparing the average frame rate. I was quite surprised by this result considering how bad the performance of Ryzen was last time I tested it with ARMA 3.
Ashes of the Singularity [DX12]
[Crazy Quality] GTX 1080 Ti
Come on, you know Ashes of the Benchmark will be included and it's about the only game that supports DX12, which I've tested using DX12, with a GeForce graphics card. Here we see that the Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 are perfectly balanced out of the box. Testing on 1080p and 1440p does see us the main GPU tied to a crazy 'preset' enabled so Ryzen overclocking is not very useful. At 1440p only a 5% increase is seen, then 7% at 1080p and then quite impressive 11% at 720p.
Assain's Creed: Origins
[Ultra High Quality] GTX 1080 Ti
Okay, so many interesting results in the Asmara Foreign Credo, let's talk about what's going on here. You will see that the stock of Ryzen 5 2600 allows the exact same performance on 1080p it does on 720p and this is because we have a limited CPU. Overclocking resolves this and at 1080p we see 2600 being able to match 8400, but both CPUs are now GPU limited. We know this because at 720p, overclock 2600 can precede 8400 with noteworthy margins for the average frame rate.
Then finally at 1440p we are almost fully tied to the GPU although the Ryzen 5 2600 configuration is still struggling to maximize GTX 1080 Ti.
Batllefield 1 [DX11]
[Ultra Quality] GTX 1080 Ti
Testing with Battlefield 1 shows how well Core i5-8400, out of the box without tweaking it provides a very powerful performance in this demanding title. The Ryzen 5 2600 is also very respectable and while it is only 6% slower for frame time results at 1080p, the average frame rate is 12% lower. The margin was somewhat null in 1440p because we became very attached to the GPU, although it is interesting to note that overclocking even at this resolution of 2600 gives a better 1% lower result.
Then at a lower resolution we see that overclocking 2600 increases the average frame rate by nearly 20% and while it is an impressive advantage it not only keeps the Ryzen processor tuned a few percent faster than the Core i5-8400. But again it is the most impressive 1440p result, here 2600 is 18% faster than 8400 for frame time result.
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