I've am about to order my parts for a new build I am making in a matter of days. I am going to be using an intel processor (E8400 wolfdale)in it... but I don't know if I really need it. Does the processor matter at high resolutions? I can't find any benchmarks that address that (if any of you could I would appreciate it if you would post them). They all use old games at low resolution to measure performance, but this isn't a real world test. I want to know what the difference is at high resolutions with AA. Most people don't just let there games run at 150 framerates, they increase some aspect of the graphics to use that extra horse power.
Ok AMD fans, obviously your processors aren't as good as intels core2duo (don't take it personally). However, I want to know "does it matter"? Please post your rig specs, in particular specifying your cpu clock speed, model, and gpu along side your framerates in difficult to run games like crysis, Unreal tournament 3, flight simulator X, ect. It would help me make a final decision before I blow my wad on something I may or may not need as intel performance is great, but price is not.
Thanks in advance for all who participate and are good sports
In short, I wouldn't buy an X2 for a gaming rig right now. Its showing its age a bit and bottlenecks many of the latest games. Phenoms are OK, especially when overclocked to 3GHz+. If you plan to play FSX I'd definitely recommend a quad core, its one of the few games that can take advantage of all 4 cores.
I won't post any scores too... 690G doesn't cut as being fast.
I could take a cop-out and say that since I am running Linux, my scores in multi-platform games like Enemy Territory:Quake Wars aren't really comparable. That is true, but the real fact is that my hardware is three years old (socket 939 X2 4200+, Radeon x1900GT). It would be about as relevant to the discussion of new AMD vs. Intel parts as somebody benchmarking a Pentium D 805.
But if you really want to know, at 1600x1200 with no AA and normal details, my unit averages about 35 FPS and ranges between 25 and 45 FPS. It's playable.