Ironically, the most mainstream game in this comparison is the one best able to take advantage of Intel’s new $1000 processor. World of Warcraft doesn’t fully tax our GeForce GTX 580 graphics card, so swapping CPUs in and out does impact performance quantifiably.
Core i7-3960X consistently enables the best frame rates, followed by both Sandy Bridge-based chips. Gulftown and Bloomfield are next. And all three of AMD’s tested processors serve up disappointing numbers, comparatively.
Finally, though, when we hit 2560x1600 with 8xAA turned on, the graphics load is high enough to equalize all eight platforms.
- Say Hello To The PC Hardware Trophy Wife
- Quad-Channel Memory And PCI Express 3.0
- X79 Express: P67, Is That You?
- Cooling And Overclocking Core i7-3960X
- Test Setup And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: PCMark 7
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark 11
- Benchmark Results: Sandra 2011
- Benchmark Results: Content Creation
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Media Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Crysis 2
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: World Of Warcraft
- Crysis 2 In SLI
- DiRT 3 In SLI
- World Of Warcraft In SLI
- Battlefield 3 In SLI
- Power Consumption
- Core i7-3960X Versus Core i7-990X
- Core i7-3960X Versus Core i7-2600K/Core i5-2500K
- Core i7-3960X Versus FX-8150
- A Symbolic King In A Crowd Full Of Value