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Our testing methods
As always, we did our best to collect clean test numbers. For each of our benchmarks, we ran each test at least three times, and we've reported the median result. Our test systems were configured like so:

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 1800X AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X  
Motherboard Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5
Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3    
Chipset AMD X370 AMD B350
Memory size 16 GB (2 DIMMs)
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3866 (rated) SDRAM
Memory speed 3200 MT/s
Memory timings 15-15-15-35 1T
System drive Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe SSD

 

Processor Intel Core i5-2500K Intel Core i5-3570K
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V Pro
Chipset Z77 Express
Memory size 16 GB (2 DIMMs)
Memory type Corsair Vengeance Pro Series DDR3 SDRAM
Memory speed 1866 MT/s
Memory timings 9-10-9-27 1T
System drive Corsair Neutron XT 480GB SATA SSD

 

Processor Intel Core i7-4690K Intel Core i7-6600K Intel Core i7-7600K Intel Core i7-7700K
Motherboard Asus Z97-A/USB 3.1 Gigabyte Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 8
Chipset Z97 Express Z270
Memory size 16 GB (2 DIMMs) 16 GB (2 DIMMs)
Memory type Corsair Vengeance Pro Series
DDR3 SDRAM
G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3866 (rated) SDRAM
Memory speed 1866 MT/s 3200 MT/s
Memory timings 9-10-9-27 1T 15-15-15-35 2T
System drive Corsair Neutron XT 480GB SATA SSD Samsung 960 EVO 500GB NVMe SSD

They all shared the following common elements:

Storage 2x Corsair Neutron XT 480GB SSD
Discrete graphics Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming
Graphics driver version GeForce 378.92
OS Windows 10 Pro with Creators Update
Power supply Corsair RM850x

Thanks to Corsair, Kingston, Asus, Gigabyte, Cooler Master, Intel, G.Skill, and AMD for helping us to outfit our test rigs with some of the finest hardware available.

Some further notes on our testing methods:

  • The test systems' Windows desktops were set at a resolution of 1920x1080 in 32-bit color. Vertical refresh sync (vsync) was disabled in the graphics driver control panel.

  • Because Ryzen processors perform best with Windows' "High Performance" power plan enabled, we've broken a long-standing tradition and switched on that plan for our Ryzen systems. Our Intel systems were left on the "Balanced" plan, since to our knowledge, it doesn't interfere with performance from those CPUs.

In response to popular demand, we're re-benching AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X and Intel's Core i7-7700K with identical DDR4 speeds: DDR4-3200 at 15-15-15-35 timings. For fun, we've also included numbers from our Core i5-2500K pushed to 4.9 GHz in our test results. You'll see this configuration called out in our results as "Core i5-2500K (OC)." As with any overclock, your mileage may vary.

The tests and methods we employ are usually publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions about our methods, hit our forums to talk with us about them.