Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V recently offered us hints that it can still put the hurt on CPUs as well as graphics cards, so we ran through our usual test run with the game's settings turned all the way up at 1920x1080.
Wow. The Core i7-6700K, Core i7-7700K, and Core i7-6950X all deliver average-FPS numbers and 99th-percentile frame times that are quite a bit better than anything else in our test suite. The i7-7700K ekes out a tiny advantage over its Skylake stablemate, though, perhaps thanks to its extra clock speed. We may have to perform some further testing to see whether the extra bandwidth afforded by our DDR4-3866 memory on our Z270 test rig makes a meaningful difference to GTA V's performance given these numbers.
All of the Intel CPUs in this test pose little hindrance to the GTX 1080's thirst for work at the critical 16.7-ms threshold. None of the Intel chips hold up the card for more than a fraction of a second, while the FX-8370 makes the graphics card spend more than three seconds of our test run waiting to complete tough frames that drop frame rates below 60 FPS. GTA V seems to care about high single-threaded performance and memory throughput when it's running on a GTX 1080, and the FX-8370 is thoroughly outclassed in those measures by even its contemporary, the Core i7-2600K.
We can see some better separation among the Intel CPUs in this test by clicking over to the 8.3-ms threshold. There, the Core i7-7700K spends about two seconds less contributing to tough frames than the Core i7-6700K does. The Core i7-6950X mixes it up with that highest-performing pair of chips, too. The i7-4790K, the i7-3770K, and the i7-2600K all contribute significantly more milliseconds to the time spent under 120 FPS in our test run than Intel's most recent chips, and the FX-8370 simply bottlenecks the GTX 1080.
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