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. That multiple-hundred pound saving against Intel’s competing 8C16T CPU could buy a nice 4K monitor, so we will show how Ryzen 7 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).
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).
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).
At 4K, where graphics horsepower is taxed and pushed to the forefront, Ryzen 7 1700 offers effectively the same performance as other modern Intel CPUs, including the i7-7700K. Grand Theft Auto V and its preference for Intel processors shows a slight performance deficit for Ryzen 7 at 4K but the around 2 FPS drop in average frame rates is minor.
If you are a 4K60 gamer who wants to leverage Ryzen 7, performance will be as good as Intel’s fastest gaming CPUs due to such emphasis being put on GPU performance. This picture may change when 4K 100Hz+ monitors and more powerful graphics cards become available but on the contrary, new games may also be better optimised for the Ryzen 7 processors by that point in time.