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

Benchmark Results: StarCraft 2

If ever there was a test capable of bringing processors to their knees, it'd be Tom's Hardware's StarCraft 2 benchmark.

What’s interesting here is that StarCraft 2 seems to differentiate between architecture and cache more so than core count. This isn't too far from what we found in World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm--Tom's Performance Guide.

Here we have the triple-core Athlon II performing similarly to the quad-core Athlon II, and the Phenom II X4 processors showing a slight advantage over both. Blizzard's proprietary game engine clearly favors Intel's architectures, though. The Clarkdale-based Core i3s perform close to high-end Phenom IIs, and the new Sandy Bridge-based processors walk away with a win (by a large margin).