AMD Ryzen 7 vs Intel Core i7 – gaming performance comparison

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AMD’s Ryzen 7 processors are competing against Intel in the high-end desktop market.

The eight-core Ryzen 7 chips are designed for high-performance processing and professional applications, and are an ideal option for high-end gamers.

We compared the gaming performance of Intel’s high-end Core i7 processors against AMD’s new Ryzen line-up across numerous titles to see who came out on top.

CPU benchmark data from Guru3D was used for the comparison, with all processors tested on a system consisting of:

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
  • 16GB DDR4 2,666MHz RAM

We took the frames per second each CPU delivered in four games and calculated an average FPS value to reflect overall performance.

Both Full HD and WQHD benchmarks were included in the comparison, along with a 3DMark FireStrike Score.

The Ryzen 7 1700 was not included in the performance comparison due to a lack of benchmark data.

1080p Benchmarks

1080P Gaming Benchmarks FPS
Processor Hitman DX12 Rise of the Tomb Raider DX12 Far Cry Primal DX11 The Division DX11 Average FPS
Core i7 7700K 112 132 108 119 117.75
Core i7 6800K 110 139 105 109 115.75
Core i7 6700K 112 138 92 117 114.75
Core i7 6900K 109 137 100 107 113.25
Ryzen 7 1800X 109 114 93 100 104
Ryzen 7 1700X 105 107 87 98 99.25

WQHD Benchmarks

WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) Gaming Benchmarks FPS
Processor Hitman DX12 Rise of the Tomb Raider DX12 Far Cry Primal DX11 The Division DX11 Average FPS
Core i7 7700K 86 91 81 86 86
Core i7 6800K 83 91 81 83 84.5
Core i7 6900K 84 91 81 81 84.25
Core i7 6700K 83 91 76 84 83.5
Ryzen 7 1800X 85 92 81 74 83
Ryzen 7 1700X 85 92 79 73 82.25

3DMark FireStrike

3DMark FireStrike
Processor FireStrike Score
Core i7 7700K 17,854
Core i7 6900K 17,487
Core i7 6700K 17,101
Ryzen 7 1800X 16,860
Core i7 6800K 16,518
Ryzen 7 1700X 16,418

Ryzen and Gaming

While AMD’s Ryzen 7 processors deliver good value and performance in professional benchmarks, they fall slightly short in terms of gaming performance against Intel’s Core i7 processors.

However, the processors are still relatively cheap and are a major improvement over AMD’s last generation of desktop chips.

Currently, AMD’s $499 Ryzen 7 1800X offers performance nearly equal to Intel processors which are twice the price.

If you are all about performance, though, the best gaming processor on the market is still the Intel Core i7 7700K.

This article first appeared on MyBroadband and is republished with permission.

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  • Peter Pan

    Admittedly, I wish AMD was holding the performance crown, but, I guess they have always come in at a price-performance sweet spot. That has always been their primary drawcard! Not all out performance is king attitude, but good performance and a good price point!

  • Gert Rautenbach

    Microsoft just needs to do the SMT update and game publishers do updates to the games….then we would see some improvements in game scores. Still going to upgrade to the 1800X!!

  • NetworkGeek

    still better bang for your buck i think

  • Pet Mey

    they do have the performance crown when it comes to big boy programs like rendering and over time they will only improve in gaming. Intel cpu’s on the other hand are as good as it gets at this time.

  • Bjørn Sandåker

    AFAIK, Ryzen does it great in 4K gaming. Normal HD (1080p) is less good, but not as bad as some people will have it. I mean, if a gamer choose i7-7700K because Ryzen has 10 FPS or so less performance in 1080p games he use now, but still more than his current monitor can handle in refresh rate, then he’s not thinking far ahead.

    I think it’s obvious that In a year or two 4K games will be the norm for new games. The thing that’s holding studios back is the current consoles’ inability to run games in 4K, graphic cards too weak for 4K with good frame rate, plus very little good 4K monitors on the market. All of these three factors are changing now, and the two latter have already changed to some extent.

    About the performance crown – If the rumor about a 16-core Ryzen for the HEDT market, based on the Naples server CPU, is true, then AMD could possibly claim the crown. Since the launch of Ryzen, AMD has had some time to adjust the Naples CPU to weed out some weaknesses and optimize the architecture. Just upping the speed from 3.6 GHz in Ryzen 7 1800X to 4,2 GHz (same as i7-7700K) would show a much better comparison in games too – maybe even beat the Intel 1080p king.

    So it’s exciting to see if this rumor comes true! I’d love a 16-core, 32 thread Ryzen 9 1900X (or something) for $999. 🙂

  • Guy

    Honestly im an intel fan and have always considered i tel cpus. But the price poi t being half is fantastic. Wait for a few updates game and os wise and definitely this would be the better option

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