A lot has been written about the lackluster gaming performance of AMD's new Ryzen 7 series. In cases were the system is GPU-bound like 4K gaming the performance difference between the two is small but when the CPU is the bottleneck there's a wide (and somewhat unexplained) difference.
With the launch of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Legit Reviews decided to investigate what happens when you pair world's fastest GPU with the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 and the Intel Core i7-7700K. Both chips have the same retail price in the US so it's a natural comparison.
As I expected, the arrival of faster GPUs means the bottleneck moves up to higher resolutions. At 4K gaming the GPU is still the bottleneck, but at 1440p gaming the Intel Kaby Lake system is already 16.6 percent faster than the AMD Ryzen system:
The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card is without a doubt a beast, but you can certainly see that the processor you pick for your desktop gaming PC will play a big role in how the new graphics card performs on 1080P and 1440P display setups. A stock Intel Core i7-7700K processor was able to offer superior gaming performance over the overclocked AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor. In fact, when it came to 1080P gaming performance the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was found to be an average of 29.6% faster on the Intel platform on the five game titles we took a look at. The 1440P scores also showed that the average frame rate was 16.6% higher on the Intel platform, so when it comes to 1080P or 1440P gaming performance the Intel Core i7-7700K and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti pair together nicely.