Intel Pentium vs. AMD Ryzen 3 Performance For Linux Gaming
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 23 January 2018. Page 5 of 5. 77 Comments

Tomb Raider also sided slightly with the Pentium G4600 and for GPUs it favored the RX 560.

The RX 560 also did much better with the Pentium G4600 when using the Radeon RX 560.

Lastly was DiRT Rally with another victory for the Pentium G4600 with the Radeon RX 560.

Compared to our higher-end Linux gaming results, these numbers at the low-end were much more of a toss-up between the Pentium G4600 and the Ryzen 3 1200 as well as the Radeon RX 560 versus GTX 1050. Both combinations of CPUs and GPUs had some wins each depending upon the game and graphics API.

Winning 41% of the time was the Ryzen 3 1200 with GTX 1050 while winning 35% of the time was the Pentium G4600 with the Radeon RX 560. The two other combinations each won around 11% of the time. But for the worst performer that was much more clear. The Pentium G4600 with the GeForce GTX 1050 lost about 70% of the time.

Keep in mind that the Pentium G4600 is a ~$80 USD processor while the Ryzen 3 1200 is about a $100 CPU, testing was limited to the hardware I have available. The Pentium G4600 is just a dual-core part with Hyper Threading compared to the quad-core design of the Ryzen 3. The Radeon RX 560 4GB meanwhile is retailing for close to $200 (due to the inflated Radeon pricing due to GPU shortages around crypto-currency mining) while the GeForce GTX 1050 2GB goes for about $140.

Those wanting to see how your own Linux gaming system(s) compare to the results found in this article, simply install the Phoronix Test Suite and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1801238-FO-LOWENDCPU47.

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