PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds now optimised for today's mega-core CPUs

PUBG CPU optimisation update

PUBG’s latest patch has seen the devs implement game optimisations to provide higher performance for those running six-core, or higher, CPUs in their gaming rigs.

Want to know what’s the best processor around right now? Check out our guide to the best CPUs for gaming.

“Why would I upgrade my CPU? My 2500K runs everything perfectly.” Well, with Intel and AMD going to war over processor core-counts we’re now entering the post quad-core age, and the games are coming too. Even early access titles, like PUBG.

It’s good timing as AMD have this week launched their new Ryzen Threadripper range in the form of a 12-core and a 16-core processor. These aren’t necessarily designed for gaming, but it’ll be interesting to see the sort of performance uplift you might get from titles properly optimised for such mega multi-core CPUs.

Intel will also soon be launching the rest of their own ‘mega-tasking’ processors, with their 12-core chip launching on August 28 and the 14, 16, and 18-core CPUs landing later on September 25.

Six-core AMD Ryzen CPUs

Those might well be ridiculously expensive chips, and total overkill for most of our gaming needs, but the processors we actually recommend for a new PC build are the six-core AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPUs, and that’s where PUBG players should start to see some performance benefits.

Adoption rates for anything above quad-core are still pretty low, however it is definitely growing. And I’d only recommend spending cash on a new quad-core chip if you’re looking at the budget end of the CPU market, with something like the Ryzen 3 1300X. If you’re spending $200 or more then the Ryzen 5 hexcores are where the smart money goes. The latest Steam Hardware Survey suggests the number of Steam users with six-core CPUs is increasing too… by 0.03% over the last month. Impressive stuff, no? 

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4 Months ago

>Ryzen Threadripper range in the form of a 12-core and a 16-core processor.

that's only partially correct, TR also has an 8 core :)

always felt 6-8 cores were the sweet-spot anyway in regard to gaming especially since nobody just runs a game, there are always things running in the background whether it be a browser, music player, recording/streaming software and so on, 4 cores has never been able to satisfy multitaskers, and benchmarks may show a 10-20% lead on the latest i7's but that's with just the game running, open something else and those benchmarks swing the other way entirely.

plus since most consoles have 8-Core x86_64 CPU's, the code is already in place for the most part and there is no excuse for a game to be single threaded in 2017.

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4 Months ago

My mistake, I genuinely thought the octa-core Threadripper was releasing on August 31, didn't realise they'd decided to launch that yesterday too.

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Shadowized Avatar
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4 Months ago

you maybe right on the date, though AMD launches are a bit weird and there is a shop within an hour from me where I can buy the 1900x now so I dunno. definitely refreshing to see a 64 PCI-E lane 8 core for pretty cheap, considering that the only comparable Intel has 44 PCI-E lanes and costs double.

this year and next are shaping up to be a great time to upgrade :)

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4 Months ago

All launches are a bit weird this year! Normally there's maybe three CPUs in an entire twelve months worth reviewing properly - this year there's frickin' loads!

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