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Ryzen 3 vs. Core i3 benched on GTX 1060/1070 & RX Vega

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 5:20 pm

1080p Medium

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider at 1920x1080 and the Medium preset in DX12 pushes nearly 100FPS+ on all of the cards and CPUs, with 96FPS the low point on the 7350K + GTX 1060, compared to 103FPS on the Ryzen 3 1300X system. But with the GTX 1070 FE, both the AMD and Intel systems rise to 120FPS average... perfect.

 

Far Cry Primal is another great example between the Intel and AMD processors, and even the AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards. Once again, we have 60-75FPS minimum and 90FPS+ average on every single system combination we tested. 90FPS+ is totally perfect for a 1080p 60FPS gamer, as you can enable some of those visual settings and still maintain 60FPS+ in Far Cry Primal.

 

 

When the testing reached Shadow of Mordor, we can see that it's more CPU intensive with Intel's Core i3-7350K winning by a long shot. Starting with the GTX 1060 FE, we have 144FPS average with the Core i3-7350K system, while the Ryzen 3 1300X system "only" pushed out 126FPS average.

 

Again, we're looking for anything over 60FPS here - so 126FPS average being the lowest score is still a major win. Even if you had a 1080p 120Hz gaming display, you can enjoy Shadow of Mordor at 1080p/Medium with 120FPS+ on a Ryzen 3 1300X + GTX 1060 FE!

 

 

1080p Very High/Ultra

 

Next up we have the Very High/Ultra preset runs, with Rise of the Tomb Raider once again enjoying 76FPS+ on the GTX 1060 FE + Core i3 system, and 72FPS on the Ryzen 3 build. 60FPS+ average goodness, on systems that are cheap as chips (when compared to Core i7 + GTX 1080 Ti).

 

We saw nearly 100FPS average across the board with Far Cry Primal @ 1080p/Medium, but with the Ultra preset in tow, we still have 60FPS+ average. There is only 3FPS difference between Intel and AMD here with the GTX 1060, 4FPS difference between the GTX 1070 FE runs, and just 6FPS difference between the RX Vega 56 runs.

 

The Ultra preset in Shadow of Mordor is hardcore on our hardware, but there are bigger wins for AMD's Ryzen 3 1300X here. Compared to 20FPS+ differences on the Medium preset for Shadow of Mordor, we have just 2FPS difference between Core i3 and Ryzen 3 on the GTX 1060.

 

Moving onto the GTX 1070 runs, where we have 12FPS difference between Intel and AMD, and then 14FPS difference with the RX Vega 56 runs. Not too damn bad at all.

 

 

1440p Medium

 

Even at 2560x1440, you don't need to run out and buy a GeForce GTX 1080/GTX 1080 Ti or AMD's new Radeon RX Vega 64 for most games. We're still looking at 60FPS+ for most of the games, which is great considering we're spending just $250 on the CPU and motherboard side of things.

 

Starting with Rise of the Tomb Raider at 2560x1440 on the Medium preset, we have just 3FPS between the Core i3-7350K and Ryzen 3 1300X with the GTX 1060 FE, coming in at 66/69FPS, respectively. An amazing result, hitting 60FPS+ in a game as gorgeous as ROTTR on a relatively cheap gaming PC.

 

Far Cry Primal enjoys the same 60FPS+ goodness as ROTTR, with just 5FPS difference between Core i3 and Ryzen 3 at 1440p, while there's 1FPS difference with the GTX 1070 and our Core i3 and Ryzen 3 PCs, but Vega 56 loses big time in the Ryzen 3 PC for some reason.

 

Shadow of Mordor performance continues to blow me away, with 92FPS average on the Core i3-7350K + GTX 1060 FE setup, 7FPS faster than the Ryzen 3 1300X. Still, nearly 100FPS average at 1440p in Shadow of Mordor on a GTX 1060 FE??? Crazy good.

 

Ramping up to the GTX 1070 we have 127FPS average on the Ryzen 3 1300X system which is beyond impressive, while the Core i3-7350K build manages a huge 139FPS. AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 continues to do well here, with 134FPS average on the Ryzen 3 1300X, and a huge 148FPS on the 7350K.

 

 

1440p Very High/Ultra

 

This is where I expected things to fall apart: 2560x1440 @ Very High/Ultra, as it's quite demanding... even for higher-end Core i7/Ryzen 7 processors mixed with much faster GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, but the systems still performed well, especially considering the $250 entry cost for the CPU/motherboard.

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider dropped under 60FPS average on our GTX 1060 FE graphics card, with 50FPS average on the Core i3-7350K and 51FPS average on the Ryzen 3 1300X. Just 1FPS difference between Intel and AMD's mid-range CPUs here.

 

GTX 1070 still manages 70/71FPS average on the Core i3/Ryzen 3, respectively... while we have 66FPS average for both the runs of Radeon RX Vega 56 on Intel and AMD processors.

 

Far Cry Primal performance also dips below 60FPS at 1440p and Ultra, with the Core i3 + GTX 1060 FE system managing 48FPS average (40FPS minimum, too) while the Ryzen 3 + GTX 1060 FE system pushed out 45FPS average (and 38FPS minimum).

 

The GTX 1070 managed 66FPS average in both systems, with identical results between Core i3 and Ryzen 3, while the Radeon RX Vega 56 squeezed out even more performance than the GTX 1070 FE, with 71FPS average on the 7350K, and 70FPS average on the Ryzen 3 1300X.

 

Shadow of Mordor somehow scales beautifully well, with 71/68FPS on the GTX 1060 FE with Core i3/Ryzen 3, respectively. The GTX 1070 smashes it, with 99FPS average at 1440p/Ultra on Shadow of Mordor, up from 94FPS on the Ryzen 3 system. Radeon RX Vega 56 pushes on, with GTX 1070 beating performance in SoM with 104FPS average on Core i3, and 102FPS average on Ryzen 3. Impressive stuff there from AMD.

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