PC World reports that their Ryzen 7 1800X tests show a 1.27x performance improvement in the GPU-focused test and a more modest 12% boost in the CPU-focused test. Still, these improvements are just the beginning according to Oxide developer Dan Baker.
“Every processor is different on how you tune it, and Ryzen gave us some new data points on optimization,” Oxide’s Dan Baker told PCWorld. “We’ve invested thousands of hours tuning Intel CPUs to get every last bit of performance out of them, but comparatively little time so far on Ryzen.”
Bethesda has also pledged to work with AMD to improve game performance in future titles, but it’s not clear which already-shipping titles will be retroactively updated to improve CPU support. Then again, Ryzen is typically still much faster than Piledriver, and we’ve seen no evidence yet of a title that falls down to the point that a CPU optimization patch is critically required.
At least one game has been updated with better Ryzen support, however. Ashes of the Singularity, from Oxide, initially showed significant performance differences between itself and Intel. This gap persisted even when we used the GPU-centric test for the game at Crazy detail, as opposed to the Very High settings we used for our CPU-centric testing. A graph from our GTX 1080 Ti review is presented below: