If ever there was a test capable of bringing processors to their knees, it'd be Tom's Hardware's StarCraft 2 benchmark.
What’s interesting here is that StarCraft 2 seems to differentiate between architecture and cache more so than core count. This isn't too far from what we found in World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm--Tom's Performance Guide.
Here we have the triple-core Athlon II performing similarly to the quad-core Athlon II, and the Phenom II X4 processors showing a slight advantage over both. Blizzard's proprietary game engine clearly favors Intel's architectures, though. The Clarkdale-based Core i3s perform close to high-end Phenom IIs, and the new Sandy Bridge-based processors walk away with a win (by a large margin).
- 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