AMD Ryzen 7 vs Intel Core i7: Benchmark Battle

We test our fair share of gaming desktops here at Tom’s Guide, and pretty much all of them feature one of  Intel’s Core i series of CPUs. That’s about to change.

AMD has released its Ryzen processors, built on its “Zen” architecture, to take on Intel in the enthusiast, professional and gaming markets.

While no pre-built systems with Ryzen have landed in our labs just yet, you can still get a taste of how a Ryzen CPU will affect your gaming when compared to a chip from Intel. Our friends at our sister site Tom’s Hardware built their own computers with the new Ryzen 7 1800X GPU to see how it handles gaming(to see even more granular benchmarks, including detailed settings changes and number of other variables in their review, here).

AMD has also released three other series of chips: Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5 an, on the more powerful end of the spectrum, the crazy-powerful Ryzen Threadripper. You can see a test of a system with Threadripper here.

For these tests, a Ryzen 7 1800X CPU was paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU to avoid graphics bottlenecks and were compared to Intel’s Core i7-6900K and i7-7700K with the same GPU.


On the Hitman benchmark, the desktop with a Ryzen 7 1800X reached 91.7 frames per second, while the i7-6900K config and i7-7700K build rendered at 105.3 fps and 106.3 fps, respectively.

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Metro: Last Light Redux

AMD’s Zen architecture was more competitive when it came to the Metro: Last Light benchmark. The 1800X rendered at 91 fps, just a tad below the Core i7-6900K (93.7 fps) and the Core i7-7700K (93.8 fps).

Ashes of the Singularity

The Ryzen 7 1800X fell farthest in the benchmark for the real-time strategy game Ashes of the Singularity. It ran at 61 fps, falling behind the Core i7-7700K (84.7 fps) and Core i7-6900K (95.8 fps).


Our sister site Anandtech ran some performance benchmarks on builds with the Ryzen 7 1800X and Intel Core i7-6900K. While Ryzen didn’t fare as well for gaming, it definitely holds up in productivity.

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Ryzen 7 1800X
Intel Core i7-6900K
Cinebench 15 Singlethreaded
161 points
155 points
Cinebench 15 Multithreaded
1,628 points
1,477 points
Blender Render
296.5 seconds
294.3 seconds
PCMark 8 Home (non-OpenCL)
3,806 points
3,920 points
PCMark 8 Work (non-OpenCL)
3,620 points
3,171 points
Google Octane 2.0 on Chrome 36
33,505 points
34,785 points

Ryzen pulled ahead of Intel on Cinebench 15, which measures CPU graphics performance, and it edged out the Core i7 chip on the Blender Render test. AMD’s latest CPU split with Intel on PCMark 8’s two tests but fell behind on Chrome Octane.

Andrew E. Freedman

Andrew E. Freedman is an editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming as well as keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag, Complex, Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag among others.

  • Ricardo_42
    please use in higher resolution
  • Ricardo_42
    use 1440
  • rgd1101
    I read the MS haven't update Windows to work with Ryzen's SMT. Can you retest with SMT off on gaming?
  • LordJ7X
    Will be good to know which memories were used in the Ryzen test bench...... some testings has shown that Ryzen is affected by RAM speed... also try 1440 and 4k .. maybe FireStrike? also which temperature is getting on each test vs intel.... thats something the Intel fans always saids... AMD is a nuclear reactor.. etc etc... we have seen "the out of heatsink test", burn the Intel CPU... :p
  • vice86
    2017...New CPU Gaming Benchmarks...and you're using 1080p for the base? Come on man..1440p min!!!
  • Halonan
    I game in 4K. It takes alot more GPU/CPU power to keep the frame rates high. Ryzen consistently outgames Intel in 4K benchmarks. That is precisely why it isn't shown here.
  • Armix_
    You people still have high hopes for Ryzen :) Anyway its an improvment over the past FX series
  • Boof
    you need windows 10 for ryzen as it is and will not be supported on legacy os versions due to instruction sets not being compatible with older than w10
  • Saga Lout
    19372479 said:
    I game in 4K. It takes alot more GPU/CPU power to keep the frame rates high. Ryzen consistently outgames Intel in 4K benchmarks. That is precisely why it isn't shown here.

    How can a first time poster have any evidence to support the accusation in your last sentence, halonan?
  • VirpZ
    It seems something does not bold there. Why so different set of benchmarks for the 6900K series and Ryzen ? Did you guys 4k monitor has dissapeared somehow along with your faith ?