AMD Ryzen Balanced Power Plan Benchmarked

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Fallout 4 & Ghost Recon Wildlands

Fallout 4


Fallout 4 is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Fallout 4 is set in a post-apocalyptic Boston in the year 2287, 210 years after a devastating nuclear war, in which the player character emerges from an underground bunker known as a Vault. Gameplay is similar to Fallout 3.  The title is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series and was released worldwide on November 10th, 2015.

fallout4 settings

Fallout 4 was benchmarked with ultra image quality settings with TAA and 16x AF. These settings are tough for entry level discrete graphics cards, but are more than playable on high-end gaming graphics cards. V-Sync can’t be disabled in the games options, so we edited the necessary INI files and disabled vsync in the driver software as well. We used FRAPS to benchmark Fallout 4 after you emerge from the vault and are in The Commonwealth.

Benchmark Results: In Fallout 4 when moving from the standard Windows Balanced Power Plan to the new AMD Ryzen Balanced Power Plan we got 1.6% gains at 1080P smaller gains at 1440P and a slight loss at 4K. 

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is an open world tactical shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Paris. It is the tenth installment in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon franchise and is the first Ghost Recon game to feature an open world environment. The game moves away from the futuristic setting introduced in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and instead feature a setting similar to the original Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. Ubisoft described it as one of the biggest open world games that they have ever published, with the game world including a wide variety of environments such as mountains, forests, deserts and salt flats. A modified version of the AnvilNext game engine was used.  The game was released on March 7, 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Ghost Recon Wildlands Image Quality Settings

Ghost Recon Wildlands Image Quality Settings

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands was benchmarked with high image quality settings with Temporal AA and 4x AF. V-Sync and the framerate limit were both disabled and we used the game titles built-in game benchmark.

Benchmark Results: In Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands we found nice scaling as we moved from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 FE to the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE on both Intel and AMD processors. On the Intel Core i7-7700K processor we got 22% gains at 4K, 18% gains at 1440P and 14% gains at 1080P and on the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor we got 23% at 4K, 17% at 1440P and a 15% gain at 1080P. AMD Ryzen actually scaled 1% better, but was still behind Intel Kaby Lake by 10% at 1080P, 8% at 1440P and 3% 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.