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AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (4C8T) CPU Review

The market for people buying an expensive CPU and using it for gaming at 1080p is likely to be very slim. What 1080p does is give a good indication of the CPU’s raw gaming performance as GPU power is sufficient to push frame rates to a level where the CPU and memory limitations can be observed.

We supplement the 1080p gaming results with a trio of games tested at 4K using the same Titan X Pascal graphics card that pushed through our 1080P suite. That saving against Intel’s competing CPUs with similar core counts could buy a nice 4K monitor, so we will show how Ryzen 5 performs at such a resolution.

Gears of War 4

We run the built-in benchmark using a 4K resolution and the same settings as the 1080p test (Ultra quality preset, Async Compute enabled).

Game version 9.8.0.2 used for current testing (earlier version used for previous testing).

Note: The Core i7-2700K and i7-4790K are not shown in Gears of War 4 as the game download was too large to install on their system SSD and the clunky Windows Store platform gives errors when moving games installed on a secondary SSD between test systems.

Grand Theft Auto V

We run the built-in benchmark using a 4K resolution and the same settings as the 1080p test (generally Maximum quality settings including Advanced Graphics). VRAM usage at 4K, according to the built-in GTA V counter, is 4171MB.

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

We run our custom 107-second benchmark in a densely-populated town area using a 4K resolution and the same settings as the 1080p test (Maximum quality, Nvidia settings disabled).

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4K gaming performance shows tighter grouping in the results between processors as such emphasis is put on GPU horsepower. GTA V still runs faster on the Intel Core i5-7400 but the performance drop to AMD’s Ryzen 5 1500X is greatly reduced. The Witcher 3 and Gears of War 4 show very similar performance between Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i5-7400.

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