Ryzen 5 1500X VS CS:GO

This is the Ryzen 1500X. You may already know about its bigger brothers, the 1600 series. Their 2 extra cores will help them to render videos faster and may better future-proof them. But the 1500X is geared towards gaming and at a more affordable price. And with 4 cores and 8 threads, it boasts more power than ever before at its price-point. In fact, if you plan to game at high resolutions or settings then the limiting factor will more likely be your graphics card, meaning that the 1500X will be a very capable processor in this sort of gaming rig. The bigger challenge for processors is actually low-resolution, low settings. But who in their right mind would want to play like this? Welcome to Counter Strike.

The land of twitch-shooting, reflex based teamplay that everybody on this channel already knows about so I’ll just move on to the results. With most games, 60 FPS is the target. But in the highly competitive world of CS:GO where 144 Hz monitors are the norm, you’ll want hundreds. The more the better. Competitive gamers typically use low resolutions and settings to squeeze as much performance as possible. So I’ll be running at absolute lowest make it solely about Ryzen’s performance. The good news is that AMD have been working with Valve to optimise CS:GO for Ryzen. Let’s see how the 1500X performs, just weeks after launch: I was initially getting 365 FPS. Which is still perfectly acceptable, no stutters or slow parts. Enough FPS for gaming every day of the year. But I managed a lot higher by changing the Windows 10 power plan from Balanced to High Performance. This sent the framerates up to over 420 FPS! And over 1,000 if you stare at a wall. I would seriously recommend you do this too. The power plan thing, not the staring at a wall, that is.

AMD has their own configuration that you can download from their site, in which they’ve carefully altered the timers and thresholds for P-state transitions to improve clock speed ramping. Simple! In short, it combines the speed of Windows High Performance mode with the power consumption of balanced. I also discovered that RAM speed matters a lot. I tried various different clockspeeds and unsurprisingly got the best with the highest. I went up to RAM at 3200 Mhz, I’m sure that the higher you get the better, so factor that into your buying decision.

I also disabled different numbers of threads and cores, just for fun. As expected, performance would eventually drop off, but I was still managing over 200 FPS with just one quarter of the Ryzen 5 active. In conclusion I was very happy with the performance I got in the benchmark level. But it’s also important to try it in proper gameplay. Unfortunately, I’m a bit… low in CS:GO, so I gave this challenge to my brother 3kliksphilip, who kindly tested it out in the most punishing of ways: he endured 4 solo-queued matches, back-to-back! At no point did the Ryzen stutter or cause him to die, even though at the time he raged and blamed everything but himself for his failures. Silly 3kliksphilip. But in his defence he battled through and with help from Ryzen, and possibly the motherboard’s EZ flash feature, he eventually got his LEM rank back.

So there you go, people: if Ryzen can get 3kliksphilip to LEM then you have no excuse not to reach Global Elite. Just try to think of better puns than he does when you do. So, the Ryzen 1500X is a perfectly capable processor for competitive gaming. I also tested its video editing capabilities by putting together a montage of all the great shots my brother pulled off during those 4 matches. ARE YOU READY?! …and that was it. But don’t worry, I had a backup plan ready. With great effort and skill, I was able to condense all of his fails into a single, 1-minute video, plastered in classic editing effects to try and generate a worst-case scenario for video editing.

But here’s the thing: the Ryzen 1500X rendered it just as quickly as any other computer I tested it on, indicating that Vegas is the bottleneck and that the Ryzen 5 series is fast enough to reach the point where extra power won’t make a difference! So there you go: my testing revealed that for rendering in Vegas at least, that the Ryzen 5 takes no more time than far more expensive processors, including the Intel 6800K with its 6 cores and 12 threads.

I also encoded with Handbrake, which is the program I use to make my videos small enough to upload to Youtube. And the 1500X managed a 1 minute, full-HD encode in just 97 seconds. You can see the improvement that Faster RAM delivers, which shaved about 4% off the time taken. This is all well and good. But as a Youtuber, rather than using times, I prefer to imagine what I could be doing whilst I wait. Say I had to encode a 3 minute video using the 1500X. What would kill the time whilst I was waiting? Well, it would roughly span the time between finishing a CS:GO match and the warmup for the next one ending.

Or, perhaps more importantly for those long and intensive gaming sessions, equals the time it takes for me to make my FAVOURITE GAMING MEAL, which involves opening 2 tins, pouring them into a bowl, microwaving them until warm and applying dangerous amounts of hot sauce to the mix. I can then come back to find my 3 minute video done and ready to upload to Youtube. I also did the usual stress tests in CS:GO, like Feathermark and NovaBench, of which the Ryzen 5 passed with flying colours. QUITE LITERALLY! So, in conclusion the Ryzen 1500X is a capable processor that can handle all sorts of tests. If you want good gaming performance then it can handle today’s titles with ease. Also included within its box is a Wraith Spire CPU fan, which is a good one! This will save you the cost of a cooler if you go for the 1500X, meaning that you could make it into a very affordable gaming rig. And at 65 watts, is remarkably power efficient. And if you want extra future-proofing and for your frag montage rendered before your favourite gaming meal is ready, then the 2 extra cores in the 1600 series will give you peace of mind.

Thanks to AMD for providing the hardware. And yes, it can run Crysis..

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