You’d struggle to call a CPU such as the Intel Core i7-5820K low-end. Launching at the end of 2014, it’s getting on a bit in years but this is a CPU that can handle basically anything you can throw at it. During our benchmark tests for Far Cry New Dawn though, we discovered the PNY XLR8 GeForce RTX 2060 6GB was too much for it to handle.

During our original testing runs it scored 72 frames per second at 1080p/Ultra in New Dawn, and it initially seemed as if the CPU wasn’t being overly utilised. However, it quickly became apparent Far Cry New Dawn is heavily reliant on a single thread. That’s disappointing in this day and age. It means that you need a very high-clocked processor in order to take advantage of high frames at 1080p.

Today I delved a little deeper and ran some additional benchmark runs in Far Cry: New Dawn, this time testing the impact of clock speed. And, sure enough, we discovered the GeForce RTX 2060 was being noticeably hamstrung by the Core i7-5820K.

Far Cry New Dawn benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on PNY XLR8 GeForce RTX 2060 6GB | Intel i7-5820K 3.3-4.3GHz | 16GB DDR4

Following on from our benchmarks in Far Cry New Dawn over the weekend, today we're looking at the impact of CPU clock speed core count on FC:ND performance. The processor we're using is the 6-core/12-thread Intel Core i7-5820K, nitially running at stock clock speeds (3.3GHz) before rising up to 4.2 GHz. The official Far Cry New Dawn benchmark tool was used for these tests in order to replicate the test runs as best as possible.

Far Cry New Dawn Clock Speed Benchmarks


Clock Speed Average FPS
3.3 GHz 72
3.67 GHz 78
4.0 GHz 85
4.2 GHz 87
4.3 GHz 88

As you can see it's a case of diminishing returns as we up the clock speeds but, due to Far Cry New Dawn's focus on a single thread, the GeForce RTX 2060 can't really begin to stretch its legs until it's clocked at 4.0GHz, at least. Running FC: ND with an RTX 2060 and a 3.3 causes the RTX 2060 to run at just 81% of its potential capacity. 

During our testing of the RTX 2060, instances of this are rare, but when poor multithreaded performance does become an issue, it can really hamstring the RTX 2060's performance. If you're planning in picking up Nvidia's entry-level RTX graphics card then you'll also want to put it with great CPU as well, particularly if you're playing at lower resolutions such as 1080p. Just a little something to bear in mind.