Onboard Video Performance

Onboard performance isn’t something that you think about when it comes to high-end CPUs because I think the expectation is that you will be adding a dedicated GPU but there are situations where a dedicated GPU isn’t needed or you may need to run the integrated graphics while waiting on your video card to come in or be replaced. So I do still want to check out the performance of all three of the non-X CPUs when it comes to integrated GPU performance. For that, I have run a few basic tests with a mix of older and newer games and benchmarks. Integrated GPUs aren’t anywhere near the performance of even the lowest-end GPUs but it is still interesting to see what they can do. To start that I went with the always consistent 3DMark with both the older Fire Strike benchmark and the newer Time Spy which is DX12. I only used the graphics score, not the total score to take the CPU performance out of the equation as much as possible. In both tests, we saw interesting results with the 7800X3D performing similarly to what I saw with the 7950X3D. For the Fire Strike test, it was out in front of the other 7000 Series CPUs which all have similar results. But then for Time Spy, it is the other way around with the 7900X3D near the bottom of the 7000 Series Ryzen CPUs.

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In Unigine Superposition I ran the 1080p medium detail and 720p low detail tests and the results here weren’t much different than the previous tests. The 7800X3D did well in the 720p test running well ahead of the other 7000 series CPUs and matching the performance of the 7950X3D. Its 1080p performance, on the other hand, is behind compared to the 12600K and 13600K it sits between but that is still faster than the other new AMD CPUs just like the 7950X3D which it edged out just slightly.

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Then from there on, I jumped into game tests. Some of our tests are older games but I did also add in a few newer games as well to get an idea of newer games when tested at 1080p and low or medium settings. In Team Fortress 2 and Borderlands 3 the 7800X3D topped the charts which was a big change on both compared to the 7950X3D which struggled on both. In Ghost Recon Wildlands the 7800X3D matched the performance of the 7950X3D which both are up 4 or more FPS over the other 7000 Series Ryzen CPUs. In Far Cry 5 the 7800X3D is right with the 7950X3D and the other top 7000 Series CPUs but below Intel’s current-gen CPUs. Then in Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Hitman Absolution the 7800X3D was slightly below the 7000 Series CPUs except for the 7950X3D which it is slightly faster. Overall though our onboard testing shows that while you can game on current onboard graphics, you are going to be limited to the lowest detail settings and often older games. Not that I see anyone using the onboard on the Ryzen 7 7800X3D more than as a temporary situation in between video cards.

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