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Best games for Stressing/Benchmarking GPUs

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March 24, 2012 7:11:48 AM

What are the best games for benchmarking the raw max power of todays fastest GPUs ?
March 24, 2012 7:46:51 AM

BF3, Metro 2033, Batman AC, Crysis 1 & 2, 3D Mark11
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March 25, 2012 9:13:01 PM

Swolern said:
BF3, Metro 2033, Batman AC, Crysis 1 & 2, 3D Mark11

I am inclined to stay away from Metro 2033 because it is bug riddled, and Batman AC because it is also broken in DX11, and Crysis 2 because Crysis 1 is more demanding game to run. Also I am inclined to not run any Physx games as viable benchmarks in respect to keeping the playing field level. Thanx for the input guys and I would like to get as many games as possible on a solid Benchmarking list and submit it to TH as there new benchmarking suite cause there current one sucks ass. TAHANX
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March 25, 2012 9:17:41 PM

why would you want to benchmark games? use 3Dmark11, 3dmark vantage, and unigine heaven 2.5. but if you really want to do it with games, bf3, crysis 1 and skyrim.
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March 25, 2012 9:26:23 PM

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March 25, 2012 9:35:40 PM

In terms of performance eating I'd say:
Crysis 1
BF3
Shogun 2
Starcraft 2 (I'd say ALMOST tied with shogun)
Crysis 2
The Witcher 2
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March 25, 2012 9:39:44 PM

marshal11 said:
why would you want to benchmark games? use 3Dmark11, 3dmark vantage, and unigine heaven 2.5. but if you really want to do it with games, bf3, crysis 1 and skyrim.

3Dmark11 is not accurate and favors Nvidia even when it is slower in game therefor real world in game testing is key. Do you play 3Dmark ? cause I don't.
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March 25, 2012 9:41:19 PM

cyansnow said:
In terms of performance eating I'd say:
Crysis 1
BF3
Shogun 2
Starcraft 2 (I'd say ALMOST tied with shogun)
Crysis 2
The Witcher 2

I would say Starcraft is a no go for reason being if favors Intel and Nvidia hardware.
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March 26, 2012 5:19:18 PM



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March 26, 2012 8:51:22 PM

RussK1 said:

See I am not one to support EA games and Crysis 1 looks better and is a more demanding title boy did they ever take a step back to glean money off the console kiddies for Crysis 2 in the end PC gamers lost.
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March 26, 2012 9:34:16 PM

Metro 2033 has its own built in benchmark also, you can disable physix as well as set it up to test any settings. Its also a full multi-core game so its very GPU dependent.

Showgun 2 did pretty well on high, 60% on one core, and 40-50% across the other 7. Maxed out on ultra, it pushed one core to 100% but strangely enough was a higher fps average.

Starcraft 2 has a tendency to run on as few cores as possible, runs better across 3 cores, but still tries to max out one before the others, especially when more cores are present. All truth, its one game that punishes you for having multiple cores.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/08/18/how-ma...

If your testing GPUs, its best not to use games that are cpu bound, SC2, Skyrim...

Civ V is an interesting one, but its buggy with crossfire, won't crossfire when zoomed all the way out on a map, but does when zoomed in. As such the built in benchmarks won't run in CF even though it does increase the cpu usage.

BF 3 is definately a good one to use for gpu testing.

AvP, Hawx 2, Dirt 3, R.E. 5 are also less bound to multi core cpu and more for gpu testing.
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March 26, 2012 9:56:04 PM

noob2222 said:
Metro 2033 has its own built in benchmark also, you can disable physix as well as set it up to test any settings. Its also a full multi-core game so its very GPU dependent.

Showgun 2 did pretty well on high, 60% on one core, and 40-50% across the other 7. Maxed out on ultra, it pushed one core to 100% but strangely enough was a higher fps average.

Starcraft 2 has a tendency to run on as few cores as possible, runs better across 3 cores, but still tries to max out one before the others, especially when more cores are present. All truth, its one game that punishes you for having multiple cores.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/08/18/how-ma...

If your testing GPUs, its best not to use games that are cpu bound, SC2, Skyrim...

Civ V is an interesting one, but its buggy with crossfire, won't crossfire when zoomed all the way out on a map, but does when zoomed in. As such the built in benchmarks won't run in CF even though it does increase the cpu usage.

BF 3 is definately a good one to use for gpu testing.

AvP, Hawx 2, Dirt 3, R.E. 5 are also less bound to multi core cpu and more for gpu testing.

I would like to stay away from CPU benchmarks like Starcraft II and also Physx games because that means Nvidia has dabbled with the game engine which mitigates the unbiased purity of a truly sound and as = benchmarking suite as possible.
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March 26, 2012 10:00:00 PM

Game devs basically allowed nvidia's physx as a "disable when not needed" option. Even though Metro is nvidia's physx game, it actually runs better on AMD hardware

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March 30, 2012 10:34:00 AM

I am a PC said:
The fact remains AMD cannot do nvidiaPhysx therefore Metro 2033 is not a fair comparison just like all Physx games.


You can disable PhysX in all of its games then run benchmarks = fair.
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