Today we're putting the latest sub-$200 CPUs into a cage match armed with nothing but the latest DirectX 11 games (plus a helping of StarCraft 2) to see how they fare. Can AMD's familiar Athlons and Phenoms stand up to the new Sandy Bridge-based CPUs?
Metro 2033 is our first game benchmark, and it's well-known for demanding graphics performance. But let's take a look at how processor performance affects the overall picture when the GPU is static. Note that the results are shown in order of current (and projected) CPU pricing:
The playing field is tight here, without a lot of differentiation between processors. Then again, that's what you get when you lead off with a title known to really tax the latest graphics technology.
We do notice a few points of interest, though. Namely, the Sandy Bridge-based processors have the highest minimum and highest average frame rates. In addition, this game appears to prefer quad-core or Hyper-Threaded processors, as the Athlon II X3 455 trails the pack by a sizable deficit. The Phenom II X4’s large cache doesn’t seem to provide much advantage in this game compared to the Athlon II X4 645, though. The Clarkdale-based dual-core Hyper-Threaded Core i3s trail a little here relative to the quad-core Phenoms.
- The Sandy Bridge Factor
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Lost Planet 2
- Benchmark Results: Aliens Vs. Predator
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: StarCraft 2
- Benchmark Results: Multitasking
- Conclusion: Sandy Bridge Has Game