GAME STREAMING TEST
We tested streaming using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) with the recommended settings for Twitch streaming, 1080p (downscaled to 720p) 30FPS. Our in-game settings remained the same at Medium at 1080P
Our APUs blew through the test beating the i5 and Pentium handily, the dropped frames in OBS as well as the amount of stutter on the Pentium made it entirely unplayable. The numbers speak for themselves, for someone looking to build a cheap system to play CS:GO and get into streaming look no further.
FRAME TIME VARIANCE
We’ll be measuring both the average frame time and the 99th percentile as well as the 99.9th percentile as well, which is essentially the worst results you can expect 99% of the time
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS TESTS
For our Integrated tests we choose to use very popular titles such as CS:GO, DOTA 2, Starcraft 2, Heroes Of The Storm as well as GTA V, which we added just to see how well it can handle a demanding game.
We also wanted to test League of Legends, but there being no built in recording system like DOTA or the other games in our suite, we had to pass. We will say it performs very similarly to DOTA 2, except at medium settings is about 20% less intensive, we would strongly recommend the APU there as well!
As we can see here this is where AMD’s APUs really shine. The Pentium and i5 had tons of stutter and input delay, while our AMD alternative stayed at 50-60FPS most of the time. As someone who plays CS:GO casually (Gold Nova 3) we can say this is very playable and we actually played a few comp matches with the AMD system and didn’t feel like something was missing.
Using a pro replay of EG VS Vici Gaming we benchmark between 11:25 and 11:50 with a large hectic battle to showcase the game when it’s at its most demanding.
Looking at all offerings here, most of them fall short of expectations, unfortunately DOTA 2 is rather demanding at high settings, although it does seem much more playable at lower settings, in the future we may test at low or medium.
We do see our APU taking a huge lead over the i5 and Pentium in average FPS, but they all seem to hit about the same bottleneck once all of the spells get casted.
We see more of the same, our APU kicks butt if graded on a curve, but we would recommend playing on medium to low on any of these configurations.
HEROES OF THE STORM
As we see again our APU reigns supreme. At lower settings we can see it staying at or above 60FPS most of the time, we also picked a relatively straining point in the game for this test.
STARCRAFT 2: HEART OF THE SWARM
While Blizzard’s iconic RTS title may be getting a bit long in the tooth, it is still one of the most popular RTS’s out today.
As we see here our APU System absolutely kicks the Intel competitors out the door. The lowest 1% sits at around 30FPS on our APU builds, which the i5 and Pentium’s average FPS isn’t even close to! This is a landslide in the A8s favor. Also by nature of SC2 being CPU dependent and only really using 2 CPU threads the Pentium does better than the locked i5.
We’d imagine that Streaming on the A8 wouldn’t be an issue because of the game only being dual threaded anyways!
GRAND THEFT AUTO V
One of the most highly-anticipated releases for PC, GTA V is the latest installment of Rockstar’s long-running genre-defining open-world shooter, and it is their most graphically demanding title yet! with massive city that’s brought to life with immense detail.
For this test, we use the lowest settings in DX11 available for as close to playable performance as possible.
We can see our AMD A8 7650K really pushes the Pentium G3258 and i5 4430 around, with either game being way below playable frame rates, the APU performs 4 times better in minimum frames as well as almost 3 times faster then the i5. If you plan on playing this game without a dedicated card the answer is clear.
The 720P tests are more of the same, our Pentium falls behind the i5 and suffers from severe stuttering. Our APU is very playable at this setting, while not perfect it is something you can enjoy the game and play through it.