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Far Cry 5 / Primal, For Honor, Fortnite, Frostpunk, GTA V
The Core i5-8400 breezed through the Far Cry 5 benchmark and it took an overclocked Ryzen 5 2600 to match it. Stock Ryzen wasn't exactly slow but even at 1440p we do see the Core i5-8400 providing up to 21% more performance which is obviously very significant.
Ryzen has always had massive performance issues with Far Cry Primal and well nothing's changed. Here we see overclocking and tweaking the memory timings did little to improve things and as a result the Core i5-8400 enjoys an easy win. Even once overclocked the 2600 was still 8% slower than the 8400 at 1440p when comparing frame time performance.
For Honor is a mostly GPU bound title, especially without hardware configuration and as such the performance at 1440p and 1080p is much the same for all three configurations. Testing at 720p shows the Core i5-8400 to be just 6% faster than the stock Ryzen 5 2600 for the frame time result but 13% faster for the average frame rate.
Overclocked the 2600 enjoys a 21% performance increase at 720p and this meant it was 7% faster than the 8400 for the average frame rate and 14% faster for the frame time result.
The Ryzen 5 and Core i5 processors delivered the same experience in Fortnite so there's not much to say here. Solid results all round and it's really not worth overclocking a high-end CPU if you only play this title.
Frostpunk is a brand new game and quite a few of you have been asking for a benchmark, so I decided to include it here. To benchmark the game I've built a large city and I'm measuring performance with the game speed on normal as I zoom in and out while also moving around the city.
Again we find that stock the Ryzen 5 2600 limits performance of the GTX 1080 Ti even at 1440p though this is rectified once overclocked. Still overall the Core i5-8400 did deliver better performance making it the clear winner here.
Moving on to Grand Theft Auto V and here we're mostly CPU bound and this is evident when looking at the Core i5-8400 which limited performance to the frame rate at all three resolutions. Then we see when looking at the 1080p results that the Ryzen 5 processor is 10% slower than the 8400. However overclocking boosted the average frame rate by 22% and now the 2600 is 10% faster than the 8400. So overclocking the cores and tightening up the memory timings helped Ryzen tremendously in this title.