Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
If you haven't already noticed, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is considerably CPU bound, even with a decent mid-range graphics card inside. Starting at 1080p, the GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition is pushing 66FPS average on the Medium preset, which is perfect. I'm aiming for 60FPS average, and the GTX 1060 meets that and exceeds it by 10%. Even with a 10% variance for the way we've done our real-time gameplay benchmark method, you're looking at 60FPS average.
AMD's new Radeon RX 580 is capable of 62FPS average at 1080p, but only in the Intel Core i7-7600K. AMD's own Ryzen 5 1600X might have 6C/12T compared to 4C/4T on the 7600K, but that doesn't mean squat in Battlegrounds. The Ryzen 5 1600X-powered rig with the RX 580 was only capable of 47FPS, a huge drop from the 62FPS on the 7600K, a difference of 32%.
Now, remember, this is on the Medium preset - the Ultra preset starts pulling way more performance on the Ultra setting of Battlegrounds.
Playing Battlegrounds on the Ryzen 5 1600X is a much better showcase of AMD's new multi-threaded beast, with closer to - but still not matching Intel's Core i5-7600K. The GeForce GTX 1060 is 23% faster on the 7600K, while the RX 580 is only 9% faster on the 7600K.
Everything changes for AMD when we started benchmarking Battlegrounds at 2560x1440, starting on the Medium preset, with the Ryzen 5 1600X + GTX 1060 combo beating out the Core i5-7600K. It might just be 1FPS average, but it's a win, yet the Intel system smashes the AMD system at 1440p with minimum FPS. Minimum FPS are just as important, and while Battlegrounds can drop to 6-18FPS, it's not often.
The Radeon RX 580 performs at the level of the GTX 1060, offering just under 50FPS average at 1440p. AMD's Ryzen 5 1600X is only 6.5% slower than the 7600K setup, and both systems are only a few FPS slower than the GTX 1060 at 1440p overall.
Our last benchmark of Battlegrounds is at 2560x1440 and Ultra details, with AMD actually winning these runs. The Ryzen 5 1600X is 1FPS average superior, and just 1FPS behind the 7600K's minimum FPS performance. The same goes for the Radeon RX 580, with AMD and its Ryzen 5 1600X coming out on top by 1FPS, and it was beating the 1FPS of the 7600K with 3FPS total.
As you can see, the GTX 1060 and RX 580 will provide an average of 30FPS in either the Ryzen 5 1600X or Core i5-7600K. Not bad for mid-range CPU and GPU combos, that's for sure. 60FPS is ideal, but 30FPS is enough for some gamers - and this is at Ultra. Dropping to Medium provides a much smoother 50FPS average, and with a few adjustments to low (like textures, shadows, foliage) and you're pushing 60FPS without a problem.
If you wanted to play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on a 2560x1440 monitor with a 60Hz refresh, then you'll need the GTX 1060 or RX 580 on the Medium preset with some other details adjusted to low detail. If you want to scale higher than that and push up to 1440p @ 144/165Hz, then you're going to need a GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti, and still have the details on low/medium. We will have a follow-up article soon with GTX 1070, GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti, Titan X, and even the Radeon R9 Fury X.
For gamers with a 1920x1080 native resolution with 60Hz, you'll be fine with even Ultra detail. This is impressive, considering Battlegrounds still looks great even on Medium detail - and really stands out at Ultra. 60FPS+ is something you want in a game like this, but for 120/144Hz+ refresh rates, then the GTX 1060/RX 580 both become a bit wobbly. Again, I'd recommend the GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti for anything 120Hz+.
The most interesting thing comes from the test between the Ryzen 5 1600X and Core i5-7600K, with Battlegrounds being so CPU limited, the Ryzen grunt comes into play at 1440p. 1080p is a much less CPU intensive resolution, which is why we see AMD falling behind at 1080p, but bringing itself back up at 1440p.
It will be interesting to see how the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and Intel Core i5-7600K go at 4K and 3440x1440, and again with the higher-end graphics cards with GTX 1070/1080/1080 Ti. After that, we've got some Intel Core i7-7700K and AMD Ryzen 7 1800X benchmarks, covering PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds from top to bottom.
Winner winner, chicken dinner.
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Benchmarked: CPU & GPU War retails for $ at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS [PC Code - Steam] retails for £26.62 at Amazon UK.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at the Amazon Canada website.