PCGH 07/2022 (#261): Perfect performance combinations with 39 CPUs & 17 GPUs, tuning of the new Ryzen CPUs like the 5800X3D, Radeon refreshes in the test, FSR 2.0, game engines explained, 4K monitors from 120 Hz and much more – on DVD “Hard Reset Redux”

PCGH 07/2022 (#261): Perfect performance combinations with 39 CPUs & 17 GPUs, tuning of the new Ryzen CPUs like the 5800X3D, Radeon refreshes in the test, FSR 2.0, game engines explained, 4K monitors from 120 Hz and much more – on DVD “Hard Reset Redux”
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PCGH Print: The highlights of the issue at a glance

Here is an overview of the most important articles – the complete contents of the magazine, including a precise list of contents, can be found below, it is always worth taking a look at the magazine.

  • Practice: “CPU + GPU” dream teams with 39 CPUs and 17 GPUs
  • Building proposal: RX 6700 XT and Ryzen 7 5700X including optimization
  • Test: Radeon Refresh Series (RX 6950 XT, 6750XT, 6650 XT)
  • Test: 9× Geforce RTX 3050
  • Practice: FSR 2.0
  • Knowledge: graphics engines
  • Tuning: Ryzen 5800X3D, 5700X, 5600/5500
  • Test: 5× Socket 1700 motherboards
  • Test: 16× UHD monitors
  • And much more such as GPU/CPU performance indices, editor’s comments, buyer’s guide, etc.
  • On DVD: “Hard Reset Redux”

The new issue is from May 27 digital and from that Available on newsstands June 1st and contains the mixture of well-founded product tests, practical articles with tips and instructive information articles that PCGH is used to – there is something for everyone interested in PCs. welcome feedback can in our Collection thread for issue 07/22 be given. General information on ordering magazines, PDF downloads and more can be found below. The main topics of the 261st PCGH edition are:

CPU and GPU in Harmony: Which Combinations Go Together?

Which graphics card goes with which processor? And to what extent does dissolution play a role in mating? You can find out that and more in special benchmarks with 39 CPUs and 17 GPUs. We will show you which graphics card would be recommended for which processor and when an upgrade is worthwhile.

PC build proposal: Ryzen 7 5700X and RX 6700 XT

If the upper class is too expensive and the lower middle segment offers too little performance, there is only the world in between – this time with AMD in a double pack: Ryzen 7 5700X and RX 6700 XT. PCGH presents an exemplary PC configuration including price alternatives and gives practical tips for optimization including manual RAM overclocking, GPU undervolting and curve optimizer with Precision Boost Overdrive.

Radeon refresh series under the magnifying glass

Fast becomes even faster: AMD presented its spring collection in shape on May 10th
the Radeon RX 6950 XT, 6750 XT and 6650 XT. We feel the trio on the tooth. You will find the following products in the test:

  • Radeon RX 6950 XT
  • Radeon RX 6750 XT
  • Radeon RX 6650 XT
  • Numerous comparison cards from AMD and Nvidia

9× RTX 3050 custom models reviewed

Are you looking for an affordable graphics card that can cope with modern games? Nvidia’s Geforce
RTX 3050 does exactly that from around 300 euros. PCGH tests nine different models. In a large comparison test, nine different designs of the RTX 3050 had to prove themselves. You will find the following products in the test:

  • Asus RTX 3050 ROG Strix O8G Gaming
  • EVGA RTX 3050 XC Black Gaming
  • Gainward RTX 3050 Ghost OC
  • Gigabyte RTX 3050 Eagle 8G
  • Gigabyte RTX 3050 Gaming OC 8G
  • Inno 3D RTX 3050 Twin X2 OC
  • Manli RTX 3050
  • MSI RTX 3050 Gaming X 8G
  • Zotac RTX 3050 Twin Edge OC

AMD’s super resolution FSR 2.0 in practice

After FSR 1.0 and the first attack on Nvidia’s DLSS, which was obviously still technically inferior, AMD is now energetically blowing the storm with the new development FSR 2.0, including temporal calculation. We took a very close look – including benchmarks and visual comparisons.

The core of all games – graphics engines explained

All games run on an engine that is developed in-house or licensed by another company. But what are engines actually used for, and why are there so many?

New Ryzen offshoots in the tuning lab

AMD recently added the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, Ryzen 7 5700X, Ryzen 5 5600 and Ryzen 5 5500 models to the current Socket AM4 lineup. We check what tuners can expect from them.

5× Alder Lake mainboards in the test

After three mainboard comparison tests with Z690, H670 and B660 we have covered all market areas, but none of them completely. A colorfully mixed LGA1700 test field should fill in the gaps. You will find the following products in the test:

  • Asrock B660 Steel Legend
  • Asus Strix B660-G Gaming WiFi
  • EVGA Z690 Classified
  • Gigabyte Z690 UD
  • MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi

A hooray for 4K – 16× UHD monitor from 120 Hz examined more closely

High-resolution and high-frequency are no longer opposites in gaming monitors. We are testing current models with 4K/UHD and 120 or 144 Hz. You will find the following products in the test:

  • Acer Predator XB323QK
  • AOC U28G2XU
  • Asus ROG Strix XG27UQR
  • Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ
  • Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX
  • Asus TUF VG28UQL1A
  • Gigabyte M28U
  • Gigabyte M32U
  • Gigabyte Aorus FO48U
  • LC Power LC-M27-4K-UHD-144
  • LG OLED 48C1711
  • MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD
  • Philips Momentum 329M1
  • Samsung GQ55QN85A
  • Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70
  • Viewsonic Elite XG320U


In addition to the usual indices for graphics cards and processors, you will find lists of hardware buyers’ guides, project PCs, shorter texts on parts such as the new GPU power port or the XMG external laptop water cooling system and also comments and notes from the editorial team in the magazine.

Contents of the PCGH 07/2022

Here you will find the complete contents of the PCGH issue 07/2022 #261.

Source: PC Games Hardware

DVD content of the PCGH 07/2022

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DVD full version: “Hard Reset Redux”

Source: PC Games Hardware

Full version – Hard Reset Redux

The original Hard Reset was released in 2011, followed in 2016 by a graphically improved version with numerous new features, which was subtitled Redux. Of course, this doesn’t change the story: You embody the ex-soldier Major Fletcher and are involved in a dystopian cyberpunk future in a world-threatening conflict in the course of which you discover that nothing is as it seems. A rock-hard, fast single-player shooter awaits you in the tradition of classics such as Doom or Quake, where you face hordes of opponents and various end bosses. The new features of the Redux version include a melee katana, a dash function that makes the action even faster, and of course various technical improvements.


The Hard Reset Redux full version is a free code on To do this, enter the code on our code card at Enter the code you receive there as a discount code on after you have placed the game in your shopping cart there. This will change the price to 0 euros and you will receive a Steam code for the game after the “purchase”.

Facts about the game

  • Genre: First Person Shooter
  • Publisher: Good Shepherd Entertainment
  • Release date: June 03, 2016

System Requirements

At least: Windows 7, Intel Pentium 4 with 2.5 GHz/AMD Athlon 64, 2 GiB RAM, Geforce 8800 GS with 512 MiB VRAM/Radeon HD 3870, 5 GB free hard disk space.

Recommended: Windows 7, Intel Core 2 Duo E8400/AMD Phenom II X3 3100, 4-6 GB RAM, Geforce GTX 650/Radeon HD 7850, 5 GB free hard disk space (manufacturer information).

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