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.
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“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.
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?