We begin today’s test with a “bragging rights” benchmark that doesn’t have any direct impact on gaming performance in the real-world, but is still a popular metric for enthusiasts to cite in comparing hardware performance.
3DMark’s system score shows the stock-speed Core i7-870 in a huge lead over the second-place Core i3-overclocked configuration. AMD’s top quad-core takes third.
3DMark’s GPU score benefits from CPU clock speeds well beyond three gigahertz. Could this be the CPU bottleneck so many enthusiasts are afraid of?
3DMark’s CPU score tells a different story, but only because it isolates GPU performance and relies heavily on the modern optimizations of Intel’s Core series processors.
- Opening The CPU Bottleneck
- Two $350 Platforms
- Is Overclocking Needed?
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage
- Benchmark Results: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 Demo
- Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2
- Benchmark Results: Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
- Power And Efficiency