Ryzen 1600 vs i5-9400 vs i9-9900k at 2560×1080

These are the results of my testing using a Ryzen 1600, i5-9400, and i9-9900k with a GTX 1080. Game settings were equal across all systems, and were designed to stress the CPU as much as possible. For example, in GTA V most graphics options are set to “Normal” – except for things like distance scaling, which was maxed out.

720p results are only mentioned when they are significantly different than 2560×1080 results – i.e. 5+ FPS or more difference

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey –
i9-9900k: 91fps (128fps at 720p)
i5-9400: 85fps
r5 1600: 74fps

Dues Ex: Mankind Divided
i9: 113.6fps (170fps at 720p)
i5: 103.4fps (138.6 at 720p)
r5: 94.9fps

Far Cry 5
i9: 115fps (156fps at 720p)
i5 : 110fps (115fps at 720p)
r5: 91fps

i9: 141.7fps
i5: 117.2fps
r5: 96.6fps

Hitman 2
i9: 123.66fps (140fps at 720p)
i5: 82.8fps (100.5fps at 720p)
r5: 79.2fps

Mass Effect: Andromeda
i9: 150.7 fps
i5: 100.6fps
r5: 102fps

Rise of the Tomb Raider

i9: 147.96fps (190fps 720p)
i5 : 142.5fps (160fps 720p)
r5: 114.5fps

Strange Brigade
i9: 159.2fps
i5: 157.8fps
r5: 150.4fps

Watch Dogs 2

i9: 115fps (133 at 720p)
i5: 75.7fps (80.8fps at 720p)
r5: 65.9fps

In this selection of games, the 9900k comes out ~29% faster than the i5-9400 and 57.5% faster than the Ryzen 1600 when not GPU bottlenecked (i.e. including 720p results) – these results are included because with a GPU more powerful than the GTX 1080, more frames could be generated. When comparing only 2560×1080 results, the performance gap drops to 18.7% vs the 9400 and 33.3% vs the Ryzen 1600