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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X (6C12T) CPU Review

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V remains an immensely popular game for PC gamers and as such retains its place in our test suite. The well-designed game engine is capable of providing heavy stress to a number of system components, including the GPU, CPU, and Memory, and can highlight performance differences between motherboards.

We run the built-in benchmark using a 1080p resolution and generally Maximum quality settings (including Advanced Graphics).

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Metro: Last Light Redux

Despite its age, Metro: Last Light Redux remains a punishing title for modern computer hardware. We use the game’s built-in benchmark with quality set to Very High, SSAA enabled, AF 16X, and High tessellation.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 is a free-roaming game which can feature heavy interaction from NPCs in densely-populated urban areas, making it ideal for testing CPU performance. The well-designed game engine is capable of providing heavy stress to a number of system components and will happily use more than four CPU threads when such hardware is available.

We run a custom benchmark which is located in a heavily populated section of an urban town area. A 1080p resolution and Maximum quality settings are used (Nvidia Hairworks settings are disabled).

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GTA V likes Intel architectures, as well as clock frequency. Despite the game engine’s ability to leverage the Ryzen 5 1600X’s twelve threads, the 4C4T Core i5-7600K is a better performer at both speed configurations. If you’re a high refresh rate gamer, Core i5-7600K will satisfy your needs better than Ryzen 5. However, if you game at a locked 60 FPS, Ryzen 5 1600X proves to be a solid option thanks to its significant spare computational capacity. CPU usage hovering around 30-50% on eleven of the twelve threads (and 60%+ for the single driving thread per DX11 limitations) leaves significant spare capacity for multi-tasking opportunities such as game streaming. By comparison, the 4C4T i5-7600K must work pretty much flat-out to achieve its frame rate.

Metro: Last Light Redux shows that Kaby Lake’s i5-7600K is still faster than Ryzen 5 1600X even in a heavily GPU-limited scenario. The performance advantage for the unlocked i5 is small but it is consistent and measurable. Minimum FPS data does not tell us much in Metro due to its inaccuracy.

The Witcher 3 performance gives an indication of 1080P gaming issues with Ryzen. Even accounting for its frequency deficit against some of the comparison processors, Ryzen 5 1600X’s relative performance is disappointing. Processor-wide utilisation is around 20-40% and even specific cores aren’t pinned at 100% usage. SMT threads also look to be practically unused with the 1600X. This indicates that The Witcher 3’s game engine cannot extract the performance that Ryzen 5 1600X can potentially provide. Putting this into perspective, however, frame rates are still above 120 FPS on average. Core i5-7600K is faster than Ryzen 5 1600X but it is largely superficial to most people, given the extremely high frame rates.

DX11 Gaming Overview:

If you have $249 to spend on a processor for gaming, the Intel Core i5-7600K is clearly a better choice in our trio of DX11 games. Its higher clock frequency and stronger architectural performance translate into better gaming performance. This will be important to high refresh rate gamers but largely superficial to those playing at a locked 1080P60.

It is, however, important to highlight that Ryzen 5 1600X and its twelve threads showed significant spare capacity available on our records. The same cannot be said about Intel’s 4C4T i5-7600K. If you plan to stream your games or run heavy background tasks, Ryzen 5 1600X is clearly worthy of consideration against the i5-7600K.

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  • Rocky40

    Thank you very nice review very well balanced 2 thumbs up. in the apart where you say IPC is stronger on the Intel part which we know to be around 6%-7% with same clock rate. With that said what are the Cinebench IPC score if Intel’s Kady-lake and the AMD Ryzen running at the same clock speed. I would assume you would use the i5 7600K since that is the CPU the Ryzen 5 1600x and 1500x are shooting for both Single and multi threaded scores would be great.

    For example my i7 2700K gets 184 single and 894 multi @ 5Ghz(5007mhz) I have 5.2Ghz scores as well I just don’t recall them right now they are higher. 5ghz is my 24/7 settings anyway 5.2Ghz is for bench testing and chest thumping…lol It was nice seeing my i7 2700K in the review @4.6Ghz it gives a reference point of where my CPU would sit running at 4.6Ghz against the newer CPU’s thank you for including the older CPU’s. I also just noticed the i5 3570K included.I also have one of those in another system @ 4.6Ghz it is good to see it is also doing good as well.

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  • Gunnar Burling

    Yikes.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    Great review. I am happy I bought i5 7500 instead of waiting on Ryzen.

  • kaosstar

    You won’t be happy in 2 years, when the i5 is completely obsolete.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    I will upgrade to a hexa/quad coffee/canon lake on my b250 by then.

  • 200380051

    And have spent twice on you CPU/mobo/ram combo. Such savings!

  • 200380051

    Unreliable review. All DX12 tests should be done on Radeon cards. We all know by now how nVidia’s DX12 implementation fails big time to parallelize workloads properly. Thats why you get the same kind of results using a 1080 in DX12 compared to using DX11. Intel on top like erratic freaks (notice the 7600K Oc below the non OC).

    See for yourself : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tfTZjugDeg

    The press should have caught on to this by now. But it seems they, too, behave like erratic zombies. Or maybe money is involved, who knows!..

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    Why? I will just replace the cpu. I have a B250 mobo with LGA1151 chipset that will support Coffee Lake and maybe Cannon Lake too.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    Nvidia or AMD makes no difference. Even a non k i5 beats the crap out of Ryzens in DX12 titles.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/11244/the-amd-ryzen-5-1600x-vs-core-i5-review-twelve-threads-vs-four/13

    ^ See for yourself.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mbK0n5FjvhI
    ^ Ryzen 5 loses in almost all games even to a non k i5.

  • 200380051

    you will still have bought 2 CPUs

  • 200380051

    Well in tests involving AMD cards (second half of the page, R9 Fury and RX480), what i see is either Ryzen pulling ahead, on being neck in neck with Intel CPUs. There are other cases where the test is GPU bottlenecked which means Anand has failed to adapt settings to avoid that.

    Only cases where Ryzen gets destroyed is when using NV cards, which proves my point.

  • kaosstar

    Also, it’s been shown in many places that Nvidia GPU performance is gimped on Ryzen CPUs.

  • kaosstar

    I see you conveniently forgot to link to the other DX12 benches in that review. Let me help you: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11244/the-amd-ryzen-5-1600x-vs-core-i5-review-twelve-threads-vs-four/11

    Ryzen absolutely destroys every intel chip in that one.

  • kaosstar

    Cannon Lake is only coming to low power notebooks. Coffee Lake is coming to the desktop, but it will use a new chipset. So, you’ll have to buy a new motherboard too.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    I can sell or shovel the old cpu under some dumb troll as I always do. BTW thats called upgrade.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    I know in strategy games more cores/threads matter. But I dont play any so I am happy with my i5. Its good to have competition good for both amd and intel fans. I was myself using AMD cpus from last 12 years. But now will stay with intel for some time as I bought B250 board and upgrade to upcoming hexa/quad intel chips. Hopefully cheap thanks to AMD.

  • 200380051

    I think our view of things is jut different. it’s okay.

  • 200380051

    It is the other way around. Nvidia writes their GPU drivers. They have a choice, to optimize for Ryzen or not. And of course they won’t.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    Coffee Lake is socket LGA1151
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_Lake

    And it will come in hexa core in 2018.

  • Vivek Kumar

    can i run g.skill 3000mhz 8x2gb (CL15-16-16-35) kit with amd ryzen 1600x

  • Mark

    Actually. INTEL hasn’t confirmed Coffee Lake to be socket 1151 compatible. If so it could also be just new 3XX Chipset compatible. I hope not, but knowing Intel it is possible. They don’t give much information.

  • SuperkoopaTrooper

    Turns out you both are wrong and just smearing a company. Square released a new tomb raider update that drastically increases ryzen performance with nvidia GPUs so…

  • 200380051

    Square huh?

    Nixxes did address the DX12 performance optimization story for Ryzen CPUs, but then again it favored AMD more than nVidia. http://wccftech.com/dx-12-ryzen-rise-of-the-tomb-raider-patch-1-0-770-1/

  • Mrflappywilly

    And just been confirmed it uses a new chipset… So new board for you.

  • ..:: m a n i ::..

    Its just a tweet but heck I will upgrade to i7 7700K instead. Its still a badass.