Gaming Performance

Despite the lower score in the CPU subtest of 3DMark's Time Spy benchmark, the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X outperform the Coffee Lake parts in the combined test which heavily utilizes both the CPU and GPU in a more real-world gaming scenario.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation is a game title that uses a lot of CPU resources for tasks such as massive battles and detailed simulations. The Ashes benchmark in DX12 mode shows a 10% performance deficit for the R7 2700X to the i7-8700K. However, the R5 2600X manages to outperform the i5-8600K by 2%.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands shows little multi-core scaling across different processors. Instead, we mostly see Ryzen processors and Intel processors scoring very similarly. AMD is at an approximately 8% performance disadvantage in this title at 1080p.

Civilization VI provides two different benchmark modes which test two different aspects of the game: graphics performance and AI performance. 

While the Ryzen 7 2700X manages to beat the i7-8700K in the more CPU-bound AI test, the Ryzen part loses to it's Intel counterpart handily in the graphics test.

Grand Theft Auto V is another title that uses a lot of CPU resources. Here, we see a performance advantage of around 6-8% for the Intel Coffee Lake processors.

Assassin's Creed: Origins shows a 10% performance advantage for the Intel Core i7-8700K over the Ryzen 7 2700X, but the Ryzen 5 2600X and i5-8600K are on par with each other.

Total War: Warhammer II also features two different subtests, one which recreates a more "zoomed-in" battle scenario, and one that focuses more on the broader campaign view.

Once again, we see only small differences between individual processors in a given family here, pointing to the single-threaded performance being an important aspect. AMD processors lose to Intel on both scenarios, but the gap is much closer in the Battle benchmark over the Campaign test.

While the R7 2700X loses by about 9% when compared to the i7-8700K in F1 2017, the Ryzen 5 2600X and Intel Core i5-8600K are neck-in-neck. 

For Honor is one of the few titles that shows an advantage to AMD-based processors. The Ryzen 7 2700X has a 2% performance lead over the Intel i7-8700K. The performance difference is much more stark, 12%, between the R5 2600X and i5-8600.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War also shows a performance advantage to the Ryzen processors of around 3% over the Intel Coffee Lake CPUs.

In Forza 7 at 1080p, the i7-8700K pulls far away from the rest of the pack, leaving an almost 30% performance advantage over the R7 2700X. However, the race between the R5 2600X and i5-8600K is much closer at around 5%.

While 1080p gaming performance still largely shows an advantage for Intel over the new Ryzen 2000-series processors, AMD seems to be narrowing the gap. The performance advantage for Intel can be written off in a lot of scenarios, except for very CPU-heavy game titles may lead to a 10% delta. Gaming performance from the R7 1800X to the R7 2700X sees a healthy bump of 5-10% across the board, which shows tremendous progress from generation to generation on AMD's hardware.

In fact, the 1080p gaming performance of the Ryzen 7 2700X is close in most scenarios to Intel's last generation flagship desktop part, the Core i7-7700K, which has been touted by many as a fantastic chip for gaming across all resolutions.

The Ryzen 5 2600X has a very strong showing against the Intel Core i5-8600K in 1080p gaming, with it largely being a tradeoff between the two CPUs across our 10 tested games.

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