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Who's Got Game? Twelve Sub-$200 CPUs Compared

Benchmark Results: Metro 2033

Metro 2033 is our first game benchmark, and it's well-known for demanding graphics performance. But let's take a look at how processor performance affects the overall picture when the GPU is static. Note that the results are shown in order of current (and projected) CPU pricing:

The playing field is tight here, without a lot of differentiation between processors. Then again, that's what you get when you lead off with a title known to really tax the latest graphics technology.

We do notice a few points of interest, though. Namely, the Sandy Bridge-based processors have the highest minimum and highest average frame rates. In addition, this game appears to prefer quad-core or Hyper-Threaded processors, as the Athlon II X3 455 trails the pack by a sizable deficit. The Phenom II X4’s large cache doesn’t seem to provide much advantage in this game compared to the Athlon II X4 645, though. The Clarkdale-based dual-core Hyper-Threaded Core i3s trail a little here relative to the quad-core Phenoms.