Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, is the sixth game in the series where you take on the role of a pirate in the Caribbean. As the lead character you can explore many different locations. One of the main cities is Havana, which is where we will perform our testing. Here there is a large amount of NPC’s roaming around, we will perform the same run from one location to the docks three times and average the results. In the settings, we selected to run it at Very High quality, with MSAA 8x.
Assassin’s Creed IV if we take a look at the numbers we saw AMD Ryzen 1700x take a lead with around a 2.5% difference in performance at 1080p. That decreased to closer to 9% once we moved up to the 4K resolution scale; of course, I doubt anybody would play a game with Very High quality settings and be happy with 14FPS.
Batman Arkham Knight
Batman Arkham Knight is another action-adventure game, similar to Assassin’s Creed. Here you take on the lead role of Batman fighting villians around Gotham. You get the opportunity to fly, glide, drive the batmobile and other methods of transportation. Batman Arkham Knight has a built-in benchmark which we will use for our testing. The graphics settings will be set to Normal with V-Sync off, and maximum FPS set to the maximum possible.
Batman Arkham Knight we saw a closer race with the AMD Ryzen 1700x still showing a 4% advantage over the Intel Core i7-7700K at 1080p resolutions. As the resolution increased, at 2560×1440 the Ryzen test system had a 6% lead, while at 4K that increased to close to 17%.
The Battlefield series has been around for an extremely long time; Battlefield 4 for example was released back in 2013 but is still a very popular game. Battlefield 4 is a first person shooter in a modern setting taking place in a combat zone. There is no built-in benchmark, so we will choose one of the first battlefields and run through the environment three times so we can average the results. Each run we will attempt to do the same path, and cause the same type of destruction. The settings will be set to Auto, which gets moved to Medium settings with AA and V-Sync disabled.
Battlefield 4 shows a similar pattern with a varying degree of scores, keeping the AMD Ryzen 1700x in the lead. For 1080p we saw a small 2% difference in performance, with closer to 5% as we increased the resolution to 2560×1440 and a 16% difference in performance at 4K.
Crysis 3 is another older game, originally released at the start of 2013. It is another first person shooter, where you are a soldier that uses nanomites to control a super suit that gives you super abilities such as invisibility. We all know the saying, “Will it run Crysis?”. That comes from the fact that the Crysis series is known to be well ahead of it’s time for system requirements. While there is a bit of randomness from the NPC’s there is a set pattern to their movement. Like other games without an integrated benchmark, we will run the same pattern three times, and average the results. To make sure the game is playable on any resolution, we will run it at Medium graphics with V-Sync off, and Anisotropic Filtering set to 16x (which is part of the Medium graphics setting).
Crysis 3 there was no clear advantage to either processor; with a small 1% difference in performance between them at any resolution.
Dirt Rally is the latest in the popular Dirt racing series where you can drive a wide range of street legal vehicles in various environments, not just on a circuit track. Dirt Rally includes a benchmark that takes a vehicle through a forest on a dirt track. For this benchmark, we selected the Medium graphics settings, adjusted the Multisampling setting to 8x MSAA and turned off V-Sync.
Dirt Rally we start to see a change in the performance numbers with the Intel i7-7700K taking the lead with a 4% lead at 1080p, 1% at 2560×1440, and around 2% at 4K.