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Benchmark Results: World in Conflict

Core i7: 4-Way CrossFire, 3-way SLI, Paradise?

Each one of these charts has a lot of data, since we’re looking at five different platform permutations, each with three different graphics combinations and two resolutions. We’re going to break down the analysis for each game in detail, so hang in there as we explore how Core i7 stacks up against Core 2 Extreme and AMD’s Phenom X4 9950 in some of the most demanding titles out there.

Perhaps the most striking result here is that the AMD Phenom X4 9950 platform simply does not scale well. This is going to a theme we see carry over to a number of other benchmarks, so we’ll say it now and try to avoid repeating ourselves over and over. The quad-core chip performs well in its own regard, but it simply holds these high-end and ultra-high-end configurations back in almost every case.

Secondly, we can’t help but notice that, although Intel told us not to expect much in the way of faster gaming, we see excellent scaling from one to two to three GeForce GTX 280 boards in the Core i7-based configuration. In fact, once you move past a single board, the Core i7 965 Extreme gives the Nvidia cards much more room to breathe than Intel’s Core 2 Extreme QX 9770.

Likewise, AMD’s Radeon HD 4870s also get a fair bit of extra performance as we move from the X48-based system to X58. It’s interesting that the three GTX 280s beat four HD 4870s. But don’t worry if you’re an AMD enthusiast—these two graphics architectures trade blows throughout our benchmark suite and you’ll have situations where the Radeons come out on top, too.

Same situation here. Nvidia’s boards generally beat out AMD’s best efforts. And again, Core i7 does in fact enable reasonable scaling as you move from one to two or three GeForce GTX 280s. AMD’s Radeon HD 4870s also see marked scaling improvements all the way up to four RV770 GPUs. Core 2 Extreme QX9770 clearly holds these graphics architectures back versus Intel’s latest platform.

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