AMD Ryzen 7 1800X vs. Intel Core i7 7700K Linux Gaming Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 2 March 2017. Page 5 of 5. 94 Comments
Ryzen 7 1800X vs. Core i7 7700K - Linux Gaming R9 Fury

Tesseract had also trailed on the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X.

Ryzen 7 1800X vs. Core i7 7700K - Linux Gaming R9 Fury

But at 4K, Tesseract was the fastest on the Zen processor.

Ryzen 7 1800X vs. Core i7 7700K - Linux Gaming R9 Fury

Ryzen was back to being slower when running the ET: Legacy game with its OpenGL 3 renderer.

Ryzen 7 1800X vs. Core i7 7700K - Linux Gaming R9 Fury

For those into older games, I also tested Portal. The performance of Portal at least was rather close between the Ryzen 7 1800X and Core i7 7700K.

Ryzen 7 1800X vs. Core i7 7700K - Linux Gaming R9 Fury

The system power consumption data for the entire duration of these Linux gaming benchmark runs... Switching from the default ondemand governor to the performance governor had increased the system power use by close to 30 Watts on average. However, regardless of the CPU scaling governor used, the power consumption numbers on average were much less than the Intel Core i7 7700K.

From this morning's Ryzen 7 1800X Linux benchmarks, this high-end Zen CPU did very well in heavily multi-threaded workloads like code compilation and scientific tasks. Unfortunately, it's single-threaded performance did show some areas for improvement. With these Linux gaming benchmarks done today, they largely come up short of the Core i7 7700K. Unfortunately, most modern Linux games still don't scale well to effectively use high core count CPUs. Hopefully we'll see more heavily threaded games in the future, but there isn't today. These Linux gaming results largely jive with what Windows gaming results have shown today as well with the Ryzen 7 1800X for now coming up short of the Core i7 7700K. We may see some improvements though in the future via software optimizations, BIOS revisions to allow for higher frequency memory to operate, etc. It would also be interesting to see the impact if modern games were to make use of function multi-versioning (FMV) for helping newer CPUs. Anyhow, as the AMD Ryzen Linux support matures, you can be sure to find more benchmarks on Phoronix.

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