Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2 And Stalker: Clear Sky
With no anti-aliasing applied, the Core 2 Quad and Phenom II put quantifiable leads over the Core i7 lineup (by almost 10 fps at 1680x1050). Though the gap closes a bit at 1920x1200, it’s still clear that both older micro-architectures outclass Intel’s latest in certain gaming environments.
Even with anti-aliasing turned on (and a more intensive graphics workload applied to our reference GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 cards), the Phenom II and Core 2 Extreme maintain their faster frame rates at both benchmarked resolutions.
The Stalker: Clear Sky benchmark is incredibly demanding. We see the Core i7s eke out a small advantage at 1680x1050, which then shrinks as you step up to 1920x1200.
Add anti-aliasing to what was already an intensive test and you end up with two things: first, unplayable frame rates, and second, parity between all of the benchmarked processors. It’d take a heck of a lot more graphics muscle to uncover any difference between these CPUs under Stalker.