3D Games: Supreme Commander Forged Alliance
Both quad-core processors have a slight lead over the triple-core Phenom II at 1280x1024 and the dual-core Athlon 7750 again is in last place. Regardless, there really isn’t sufficient GPU power to allow playable frame rates at even the lowest resolution.
Forget even trying to play with 4x AA enabled. The Athlon 7750 again stands out as an inferior performer, but more GPU power is needed to differentiate the other three processors.
Now we’re talking. The Radeon HD 4870 X2 steps up, delivering over 100% more performance compared to what a single HD 4870 512 MB offers. The quad-core processors have the slight lead, as the Phenom II X4 940 almost seems GPU limited, even at 1280x1024. The Athlon 7750 once again falls way behind, which potentially may be felt by larger drops in minimum frame rates, but it can still easily provide very playable performance.
Raising the resolution to 1680x1050 puts more demands on the graphics card, and we see all processors except the stock Athlon 7750 offer similar performance. At 1920x1200, all remain playable. And now, even the stock Athlon 7750 is within 3 FPS of the quickest processor. This should give us an idea what to expect when AA is enabled.
The Radeon HD 4870 X2 proves capable with 4x AA all the way up to a 1680x1050 resolution. But at 1920 x1200, its reach is exceeded. Still, the card delivers respectable performance, enabling more stock performance at 1920x1200 with 4x AA than the overclocked Radeon HD 4870 managed at 1280x1024 without AA.
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