Another look at Grand Theft Auto V
Crysis 3 proved good for both the Core i7-7700K and the Ryzen 7 1800X, but Grand Theft Auto V wasn't so kind. This less-threaded game opened up a considerable performance gap between the two chips, so we wanted to re-examine its performance with histograms to see what that looked like.
That's interesting, we think. The Core i7-7700K produces a nice, fat dromedarian hump with most of its frames clustered to the right of the chart, while the bactrian Ryzen 7 1800X exhibits a seemingly-more-bimodal distribution. Not only is the Core i7-7700K faster, but its frame delivery is more consistent—and our frame-time data bears that out.
At the end of the day, I don't think it's worth putting too much stock in minimum frame rates. Our histogram analysis lets us see that they're extreme outliers that might not contribute more than a couple frames (if that) to the overall picture. We already have much better tools to make conclusions about component performance in the 99th-percentile frame time, frame-times-by-percentile, and plots of frame-time data that we present. We might start including frame-rate or frame-time histograms in our future reviews, however, because hey, they're interesting. Let me know what you think.
Oh, and yeah. Average FPS continues to be terrible. You can take that to the bank.