Enlarge / What’s all this gaming blather about Ryzen? Let us explain. (credit: Mark Walton)
While AMD’s new Ryzen processors offer impressive performance to workloads such as software compilation, media encoding, 3D rendering, and indeed, anything that can take advantage of the 8 cores and 16 simultaneous threads, certain aspects of its gaming performance were uneven.
It’s still a very strong performer in games, especially for those who like to stream their gameplay to Twitch, but not consistently so. Some games that were expected to perform well on Ryzen didn’t.

Testers also observed that there were some troublesome interactions with both power management and Ryzen’s simultaneous multithreading (SMT), with certain titles showing unexpectedly high performance drop-offs from having these features enabled.

There was widespread hope that some combination of game patches and perhaps even operating system changes would go some way toward boosting Ryzen’s gaming performance, or at least, making Ryzen perform in a more consistent way.
The last few weeks have seen the release of a couple of game patches designed to address certain Ryzen issues.

AMD has also released guidance to game developers on how best to use its processor, as well as a new power management profile for Windows 10.

Together, we can gain some insight into some of the complexities of developing game software for modern processors and get some understanding of what kind of performance gains gamers might hope to see.
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