Given the decidedly graphics-bound nature of Crysis 2, I decided to give Batman: Arkham City a shot. As it turns out, the title actually is somewhat sensitive to processor performance at 1680x1050 and 1920x1080, so long as anti-aliasing is disabled.
At those resolutions, higher clock rates seem more important than the difference between four or six cores. It just so happens that the first-place Core i7-3960X enjoys the benefit of a 3.9 GHz top Turbo Boost bin, plus a large 15 MB shared L3 cache.
You’ll notice that both AMD chips lag behind at our two most differentiated resolutions. Turn on anti-aliasing or bump up to 2560x1600, though, and the delta narrows substantially. Bottom line: FX and Phenom II both emerge as bottlenecks long before Intel’s Core processors. But it takes a $500 graphics card to uncover the difference most dramatically.
- Ivy Bridge: Was It Worth The Wait?
- The Ivy Bridge Core: I Think I Know You
- HD Graphics 4000: The Plus In Intel’s Tick+
- HD Graphics 4000: Performance In 3DMark 11 And Batman
- HD Graphics 4000: Performance In Skyrim And WoW
- HD Graphics 4000: Native Compute Support
- Quick Sync: A Secret Weapon, Refined
- Platform Compatibility: Are Motherboard Vendors Ready?
- Overclocking Ivy Bridge: Core i7-3770K Is A Mixed Bag
- Ivy Bridge Memory Scaling
- Test Setup And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: PCMark 7
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark 11
- Benchmark Results: Sandra 2012 SP3
- Benchmark Results: Adobe CS 5.5
- Benchmark Results: Content Creation
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: File Compression
- Benchmark Results: Media Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Batman: Arkham City
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm
- Power Consumption And Efficiency
- How Much Faster Is Core i7-3770K Than -2700K And i5-2550K?
- An Evolution That Makes Sense, But Doesn't Impress