I think this is what everyone actually wants to see, are four real cores better than two with hyper threading, and the answer is; the game matters and the lack of SMT helps the Ryzen 3 compete against Intel's i3s. In Resident Evil we see things are close at 1080P, as the CPU becomes more of a bottleneck, but at 720P we see that Intel's offerings are still quite strong due to per core performance and a higher frequency.
Looking at GTA:V, while it looks like average FPS goes to Intel, the Ryzen 3 1300X maintains better minimum FPS when it matters; at 720P (since we effectively remove the GPU as a bottleneck and it's more of a CPU game test). Minimum FPS is very important for game play, and I doubt you would notice much difference between the 7350K and the 1300X in GTA:V.
Things get exciting with Rise of the Tomb Raider, as the Ryzen 3 does good in minimum FPS at 720P and 1080P and the 7350K does better with average FPS. You aren't going to be able to play Ashes of the Singularity on an i3 or a Ryzen 3 easily, even an i5 or Ryzen 5 won't be able to play it smoothly at 1440P, and we can definitely see a CPU bottleneck with this game, which is overly resource intensive.
In games where frequency and IPC matter (a lot of games), the i3 does very well, and in games where cores are also important (the numbers are growing), you basically can't tell too much difference at higher resolutions.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [The CPUs and Coolers]
- Page 3 [Test Setup]
- Page 4 [Out of the Box Performance: CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
- Page 5 [Out of the Box Performance: Handbrake Video Transcoding, ScienceMark, and SuperPI]
- Page 6 [Out of the Box Synthetic Gaming Performance: UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 7 [Out of the Box Gaming Performance: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, GTA:V, Ashes of the Singularity]
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