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Our testing methods
As always, we did our best to deliver clean benchmarking numbers. We used the following hardware to perform our tests:

Processor Ryzen 3 1200 Ryzen 3 1300X Ryzen 5 1400 Ryzen 5 1500X
Motherboard Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5
Chipset AMD X370
Memory size 16 GB (2 DIMMs)
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3866 (rated) SDRAM
Memory speed 3200 MT/s (actual)
Memory timings 16-18-18-38 1T 15-15-15-35 1T
System drive Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe SSD

 

Processor Intel Core i5-7500 Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-7350K
Motherboard Gigabyte Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 5
Chipset Intel Z270
Memory size 16GB
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3600 (rated) SDRAM
Memory speed 3200 MT/s (actual)
Memory timings 15-15-15-35 2T
System drive Samsung 960 EVO 500GB NVMe SSD

They all shared the following common elements:

Storage 2x Corsair Neutron XT 480GB SSD
1x HyperX 480GB SSD
Discrete graphics Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming
Graphics driver version GeForce 384.94
OS Windows 10 Pro with Creators Update
Power supply Corsair RM850x

Some additional notes on our testing methods:

  • Our AMD test bed was updated with the latest BIOS based on AMD's AGESA 1.0.0.6 base firmware.
  • For our Intel test system, we used the Balanced power plan, as we have for many years. Our AMD test bed was configured to use the Ryzen Balanced power plan that ships with AMD's chipset drivers.
  • Our test systems' monitor was set to a resolution of 3840x2160 and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. Vsync was disabled in the graphics driver control panel.

Our testing methods are generally publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions, leave a comment on this article or join us in the forums to talk about them.