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Crysis 3
Although Crysis 3 is nearly four years old now, its lavishly detailed environments and demanding physics engine can still stress every part of a system. To put each of our CPUs to the test, we took a one-minute run through the grassy area at the beginning of the "Welcome to the Jungle" level with settings cranked at 1920x1080.

With our test settings, Crysis 3 really isn't happy with just four threads at its disposal. Witness the huge gap in 99th-percentile frame times between the pure quad-core chips in this bunch, the Ryzen 5 1500X, and the higher-end chips. There's some serious fuzz in our frame-time graphs, as well. The Ryzen 5 1600X offers serious value for the high-refresh Crysis 3 gamer on a budget, but the 1500X can't quite keep up.

Our time-spent-beyond-X graphs reveal that the older Intel quad-cores spend a few seconds of our test run on frames that drop the instantaneous frame rate below 60 FPS. The Ryzen 5 1500X spends less than a third of a second on tough frames past that threshold, by comparison. The real action is happening at the 8.3 ms mark, however, where the Ryzen 5 1600X and the Ryzen 7 1800X trade blows with the Core i7-7700K for superiority. Despite its best efforts, the 1500X sits far back of its many-threaded counterparts here.