The winner: frame rates & frame times
After performing nearly two hundred tests, we can take finally answer the question: who delivers the best gaming CPU? To do this, we look at the average performance of both the frame rates and the frame times - we start with the former values.
At full HD resolution with ultra settings we see relatively the biggest differences. On average, the Ryzen system with the GTX 1070 Ti scores 102.3 fps, while the i5 8600K scores 111.2 fps. This is a difference of 8.6%. Also with the RX Vega video card, Intel is faster, 104.8 versus 98.1 fps, or 6.8%. So the difference between AMD and Intel is a bit smaller here.
The higher the settings and resolution, the smaller the differences will be. At WQD resolution with the highest settings, the difference in both scenarios is less than 2 fps.
|FPS||1080p - ultra||1440p - medium||1440p - ultra||4K - medium|
|Ryzen 5 2600X + GTX 1070 Ti||102.3 fps||111.4 fps||78.7 fps||68.4 fps|
|Core i5 8600K + GTX 1070 Ti||111.2 fps||118.0 fps||80.2 fps||71.4 fps|
|Ryzen 5 2600X + RX Vega 56||98.1 fps||105.2 fps||73.7 fps||64.4 fps|
|Core i5 8600K + RX Vega 56||104.8 fps||111.2 fps||75.4 fps||66.2 fps|
The frametimes are a better way to measure visual fluidity of games. At full HD resolution, the difference with the GTX 1070 Ti is only 2 percent, while with the RX Vega video card it's up to 11 percent. Remarkably enough, the AMD processor is much more efficient with the Nvidia GPU than with AMD's own video card. At 1440p ultra it is the other way around. There's only a small difference with the RX Vega card, albeit in Intel's favour, while the GTX 1070 Ti still delivers smoother frames with the Core i5 8600K.
|ms||1080p - ultra||1440p - medium||1440p - ultra||4K - medium|
|Ryzen 5 2600X + GTX 1070 Ti||14.6 ms||12.8 ms||18.7 ms||20.6 ms|
|Core i5 8600K + GTX 1070 Ti||14.3 ms||11.1 ms||16.6 ms||19.7 ms|
|Ryzen 5 2600X + RX Vega 56||17.4 ms||13.6 ms||18.9 ms||23.2 ms|
|Core i5 8600K + RX Vega 56||15.5 ms||14.3 ms||18.4 ms||24.5 ms|