Merely hours before the official Ryzen review embargo lift, a Brazilian YouTube channel by the name ‘Pichau’ has decided to release gaming performance numbers of the Ryzen 5 3600 when pitted against the Blue team’s previous gen flagship gaming CPU the Core i7 8700k in as many as 20 popular modern titles.
Both CPUs were tested with 2666MHz DDR4 memory, using an RTX 2080 Ti at the 1080p/FHD resolution so as to eliminate any potential GPU bottleneck. Neither of the CPUs was overclocked and were left at stock settings. As a result, both hovered around 4.2GHz for most of the time. The image below shows the Avg, 1% low and 0.1% low figures in the tested games.
Overall, according to these numbers, the Ryzen 5 3600 was 2% ahead when it comes to the average fps but was slightly faster when considering the 1% lows (approx. 2.7% faster) and the 0.1% lows ( 6% faster). Higher 0.1% lows indicate that the gaming experience should be noticeably smoother on the Ryzen in quite a few of these titles.
Synthetic tests viz. 3DMark Fire Strike, Unigine Heaven
The 3600 outpaces the 8700k in Firestrike’s Physics test scoring 18,697 while the i7 is limited to 17,106, a difference of 10% in favor of the 3600. It is also significantly faster in all of the rendering tests demonstrating its superior multi-threading capabilities. It is worthy to note that the single thread score of the 3600 is higher in both Cinebenchs indicating a strong IPC lead for the Ryzen processor since both CPUs were generally running at 4.2GHz.
To sum it up, assuming the testing here was conducted accurately, it can be easily concluded that the Ryzen 5 3600 beats the 8700k at least at stock settings. And this brings us to the only potential caveat of the Ryzen 5 3600, which is the overclocking capability, which is still unknown. Previous gen Ryzens haven’t been the best overclockers topping at around 4.0-4.2Ghz in general. If the 3rd generation of Ryzen is still plagued with similar issues, then the Core i7 8700k which can effortlessly overclock to around 4.8-5GHz should remain the better performer. Even then the 8700k would be a hard sell unless Intel massively discounts the current MSRP of i7.
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