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Benchmark Results: CPUs

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Performance Analysis
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Let’s see how Deus Ex: Human Revolution reacts to different processor clock rates: 

Performance is clearly tied to frequency on these quad-core processors, although the game shows a clear preference for Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture. The Core i5 at 3 GHz demonstrates a big advantage over the Phenom II X4 at 3.5 GHz. However, it's important to note that all of the minimum frame rates are above 40 FPS.

Now let’s see how the game reacts to different numbers of execution cores, and Hyper-Threading technology:

There’s a huge drop in performance between the quad-core i5-2500K and the dual-core, Hyper-Threaded Core i3-2100 at the same clock rate, suggesting that this engine is optimized for threading. Having said that, there’s no notable difference between the Phenom II X4 and X6, so the game does not appear to use more than four cores. At less than four cores, Phenom II performance is drastically reduced, and the dual-core model doesn’t satisfy at all.

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    fyasko , August 25, 2011 8:02 AM
    festerovic@soma - I personally thought they were average - good, for the time. Not sure if they would stand up to time...Interesting to read the dual core HT chips outperformed real cores. Can we look forward to the 2600's HT being utilized in games before the next generation of CPUs comes out?


    HT isn't the reason dual core SB CPU's beat 6 core thubans. SB is a better architecture. Hurry up Bulldozer!
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    festerovic , August 25, 2011 5:44 AM
    @soma - I personally thought they were average - good, for the time. Not sure if they would stand up to time...

    Interesting to read the dual core HT chips outperformed real cores. Can we look forward to the 2600's HT being utilized in games before the next generation of CPUs comes out?
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    haplo602 , August 25, 2011 5:53 AM
    nice review, finaly a new DeusEx game for me :-)
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    Anonymous , August 25, 2011 6:02 AM
    Was AMD dual-core optimizer installed?
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    gerchokas , August 25, 2011 6:04 AM
    Good article - i still remember when i first saw the 2000' Deus Ex graphics on my friend's then-brand-new pc, i thought 'maaan... this looks *friggin* REAL!' I instantly knew my old Pentium cpu needed replacing ASAP...
    11 years later, i praise again the great graphics.. but this time they havent cought me off-guard!
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    tacoslave , August 25, 2011 6:20 AM
    i really wonder how far developers can take the graphics in 3 years.
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    aznshinobi , August 25, 2011 6:28 AM
    Hmm... The Nvidia cards perform better than the AMD cards of equivalent rank. I'm not playing fanboy but didn't AMD fund the studio? Afterall Eyefinity was made use of.
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    th3loonatic , August 25, 2011 7:41 AM
    Are there any typos? Coz I see a GTX560 Ti listed as a card used to test, but it doesn't appear in the results.
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    fyasko , August 25, 2011 8:02 AM
    festerovic@soma - I personally thought they were average - good, for the time. Not sure if they would stand up to time...Interesting to read the dual core HT chips outperformed real cores. Can we look forward to the 2600's HT being utilized in games before the next generation of CPUs comes out?


    HT isn't the reason dual core SB CPU's beat 6 core thubans. SB is a better architecture. Hurry up Bulldozer!
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    mayankleoboy1 , August 25, 2011 8:08 AM
    @ Don Woligroski
    i want the CPU benchmarks at 1080p with highest settings.
    benches at 1024x768 are irrelevant. the gamer of today is atleast 1680, preferable 1080.
    so please add to the benches. also, this would show the real impact of CPU on FPS.
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    mattmock , August 25, 2011 8:14 AM
    I have noticed that the new shader based AA modes do a good job reducing jaggies on edges but in some situations they go overboard and lower the image quality significantly. In far cry 2 screen FXAA heavily blurs the grass and foliage where as MSAA keeps those parts sharp. It still seems like 8xQ MSAA is the best option if you have the horsepower for it. (unless of course you can do SSAA)
    I would like see more comparison shots of the AA modes in DX, especially shots of plants and busy textures like brick and gravel.
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    Jax69 , August 25, 2011 8:18 AM
    Don't wanna be a fanboy but, i don't know, HardOCP found that the card to beat is the 6970, i rather trust them than Tom's.
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    mattmock , August 25, 2011 8:23 AM
    mayankleoboy1@ Don Woligroskii benches at 1024x768 are irrelevant. the gamer of today is atleast 1680, preferable 1080.so please add to the benches. also, this would show the real impact of CPU on FPS.


    Checkout the steam hardware survey, about 24% are at or below 1280 x 1024. I think there are gamers using laptops or budget screens.
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    Enkal , August 25, 2011 9:02 AM
    Jax69Don't wanna be a fanboy but, i don't know, HardOCP found that the card to beat is the 6970, i rather trust them than Tom's.


    I thought HardOCP were known to be very biased in favor of AMD/ATI graphics? On the level of banning people on their forums who say good things about Nvidia (iirc). I wouldnt trust them regarding graphics at all, otherwise it's a good site imho.

    I think it's better to check more than two sites if you want a more balanced view, not that Deus Ex needs a state of the art machine.
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    Jax69 , August 25, 2011 9:38 AM
    EnkalI thought HardOCP were known to be very biased in favor of AMD/ATI graphics? On the level of banning people on their forums who say good things about Nvidia (iirc). I wouldnt trust them regarding graphics at all, otherwise it's a good site imho.I think it's better to check more than two sites if you want a more balanced view, not that Deus Ex needs a state of the art machine.

    the truth is i never trust just one site, but is funny how every site gives it's own verdict, some are biased some are not. the important thing is to choose whatever meets our expectations regardless the brand.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 25, 2011 10:07 AM
    Great, my GPU will max this out :D 
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    Enkal , August 25, 2011 10:21 AM
    werner123Another game favored by nvidia, just hope new amd drivers can catch up.


    If I understand correctly the PC version was sponsored by AMD and not Nvidia. I only see an AMD logo on their page and nothing from Nvidia.
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    amigafan , August 25, 2011 10:41 AM
    Eh my 6970 could max this out no problem, but my Athlon X2 5600 would choke. Eagerly waiting for Bulldozer...
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    Enkal , August 25, 2011 11:15 AM
    werner123How do i quote a message? F***


    There is a button just to the left of the "Hide" option to the far right of the name of each poster. it's a blue " and a red +. :) 
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    verbalizer , August 25, 2011 11:39 AM
    even though AMD sponsored, it's nVidia that shows you how it's meant to be played. Yes the upper AMD cards can game at max settings and I love Eyefinity but a SLI configuration will rock with this one..
    FYI - we need better resolutions, 1024 x 768, times have changer now.
    1280 x 1024 or better, and extra detail @ 1920 x 1080 would be super.
    for Eyefinity and 2D/3D CFX and SLI, that should be an entire separate article, you agree.?
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