AMD Ryzen Balanced Power Plan Benchmarked

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3DMark Fire Strike and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike

3DMark Fire Strike is the new showcase DirectX 11 benchmark for high-performance gaming PCs. Using a multi-threaded DirectX 11 engine, Fire Strike includes two graphics tests, a physics test and a combined test designed to stress the CPU and GPU at the same time. 3DMark Advanced and Professional Editions include an additional Extreme preset for highend systems with multiple GPUs. Fire Strike is only available in the Windows editions of 3DMark initially.

3DMark Fire Strike Physics test benchmarks the hardware’s ability to run gameplay physics simulations on the CPU. The GPU load is kept as low as possible to ensure that only the CPU is stressed. The Bullet Open Source Physics Library is used as the physics library for the test. The test has 32 simulated worlds. One thread per available CPU core is used to run simulations. All physics are computed on CPU with soft body vertex data updated to GPU each frame.

Results: The GPU and Physics score with the AMD Ryzen Balanced Power Plan look solid, but the overall score took a bit of a dive. The one score we didn’t chart (combined) fell from over 7,900 points to under 6,400 points with the new power plan, so something might be off with this benchmark and the new power plan. We aren’t sure why we are seeing a 19% performance drop in the combined benchmark test workload, but we’ve brought it up with AMD as that is lowering the overall score in this synthetic game benchmark. 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. Set in a cyberpunk-themed dystopian world in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided features the return of Adam Jensen from the previous game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with new technology and body augmentations. The game was released on August 23rd, 2016 for PC users.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Train Station

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided uses a heavily modified version of the Glacier 2 engine that has been tweaked so much that they are now calling it the Dawn game engine.

We took a look at GPU performance using the DX12 API setting paired with the ‘Medium’ image quality preset with MSAA and VSync turned off. We picked to run just ‘Medium’ image quality settings due to how tough this game title is to render and we feel that most gamers will use this setting.

Benchmark Results: In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided when moving from the standard Windows Balanced Power Plan to the new AMD Ryzen Balanced Power Plan we got 1.6% gains at 1080P, 0.6% gains at 1440P and no gain at all when gaming at 4K. 

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  • RedHoodTwo

    Is there a Ryzen High Quality/Performance plan?

  • gr33nbits

    Is it better to use Ryzen Balanced power plan or High Performance power plan? I got a Ryzen 5 1600 and installed the chipset drivers so i have Ryzen Balanced power plan available and selected, should i keep it or use the Windows 10 High Performance?

  • Billy Williams

    This helps out mostly with general feel of the OS. To me it feels a little snappier. Also I had some pausing while typing in VMs and this seems to resolve that issue.

  • DF86

    I really hope devs start optimizing for Ryzen as the power is there as the Ashes of the Singularity patch has proven, There is no reason other than lack of optimization that at 1440P a 7700K at stock should get 30-40FPS more than an 8C16T Ryzen chip.

  • testing 4 games concludes NOTHING. 20 games concludes something.

  • Greg Bryett

    Wish I could install this. I keep getting provisioning failure!

  • PC Master

    “Plan, but it appears to help out significantly in two of the five game titles that we managed to benchmark today and those titles woult be GTA V and Thief.”

    Time and time again I either see typos, spellings errors or poor grammar from LegitReview articles.

    Do you idiots even proof read before posting your articles?

    • they make a conclusion of benchmarking 5 games and you want them to have a good grammar? i meant cherry picked games, those are the worst games on the first page list compared to battlefield 1 (very played) and crysis 3 (benchmark game of the most powerful engine).

  • H23

    Wish you would use better RAM. Trident Z 3200 14 cast works on almost all Ryzen boards.

  • Nen

    In balanced mode, at idle, the frequency should go down to 2ghz. With the new plan, the idle frequency remain high at p1 of 3.2ghz, just like in the high performance plan. Amd renamed high performance plan to “balanced ryzen” and you fell for it.

    • Bruno_O

      From AMD’s post:
      Finally, if you see a third-party tool reporting “idle” clocks in the range of 3200-3400MHz, you can be virtually certain that the core is actually sleeping and the tool is simply reporting the last known P-State.

  • K1W1Pyro

    Would be interesting to see the results with new MSI 1.3 BIOS loaded as well which increases gaming performance as seen here

    • Nathan Kirsch

      1.3 was used here and no it didn’t increase gaming performance by much at all.

      • ELLAS

        Bios updates increase system stability, memory compatability, more stable over clocks, and overall enhancements and optimizations. Will it increase gaming performance. Probably, but not this early IMO. Game developers can optimize for Ryzen though game patches and updates.

      • That’s your opinion, mine based on more games not just 4 cherry picked ones is it does increase performance.

      • I also wanna point that the 1700 offers better gaming performance. No i’m not looking at average framerate but 1% and 0.1% lows, those are better on ryzen and makes a smoother experience. That is more important for hardcore gaming. Another thing is, as a hardcore gamer, i use, while playing guild wars 2 for example, browser (two of them) many tabs to search info, overwolf, discord app, shadowplay, msi afterburn and some other software. music player sometimes and youtube videos in the background. Many of this actively while playing the game. It’s not something particular, it’s something any hardcore gamer does today. You play and have many things behind running and you use them. Some of this are needed for the game performance itself like searching information about the game, or talking to team mates. Doing all this will have an impact on a 7700k, it wont on ryzen.

        Oh also playing with a gtx 1080 or 1080ti at 1080p doesn’t make sense as having a 7700k with a mid range card doesn’t either.

        Based on all this and what ryzen does in everything else besides gaming, (50% faster than 7700k) yeah, i’m pretty sure Ryzen is something better for gamers than intel.

        My lecture on this case at least is this.

  • Conclusion : even with the new Power Plan that favors Ryzen, AMD is still behind in terms of gaming performance. It is up to developers to bring the optimization for newer games. Hopefully, they wouldn’t mind doing it to bring the balance of the force in PC gaming.

    • Nandiman

      Also, has anyone checked the power consumption with the new power plan? Because if it barely adds performance but significantly decreases efficiency than it’s a double bust (though I doubt it would be significantly affected, but I am curious.

    • ELLAS

      Agreed. But Ryzen gets more than enough playable frame rates. And it guarantees the user smooth game play, regardless of frame rates. That’s where Ryzen is strong at. 7700K looks like a beast, but the in-game micro stuttering that CPU causes in many games would irritate me.

    • behind? lower frames are better on ryzen and makes it have less stutter than a 7700k.