We're only using one synthetic benchmark when it comes to gaming performance, and that's 3D Mark Vantage:
Note that we've arranged the processors in order of cost, with the most expensive at the top of the chart. It seems like relative performance and price have a good relationship here. A couple of exceptions are the Pentium G6950, which appears to be underperforming a little, and the Phenom II X4 945 that seems to offer better performance than the slightly more expensive Core i3-540.
This is a synthetic benchmark mind you, so now let's see if actual game performance mirrors these results.
- Who'se Got Game For Under $150?
- Testing Methodology
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: Aliens Vs. Predator
- Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2
- Benchmark Results: World In Conflict
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2
- Multitasking Benchmark
- Conclusion: Three Processors Stand Above The Sub-$150 Crowd