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Cyberpower’s Gamer Dragon: Can AMD Bring The Game?

Synthetic Benchmarks

3DMark is showing us something we didn’t expect off the hop: a notable advantage to the Core i7-920 system, even at stock clock speeds. The Gamer Dragon is able to muster a slight advantage at the Extreme preset, where the high 1920x1200 resolution is used in conjunction with anti-aliasing (AA), but we’re frankly surprised by how much the Intel Core i7-920 is keeping up with its GeForce GTX 260 cards. Note that we turn PhysX enhancements off for our benchmarking, so there is no artificial score-boosting going on here. It will be very interesting to see if actual games reflect the CPU disparity between these systems, or if the graphics subsystem in the Gamer Dragon will win the day in real-life gaming situations.

PCMark Vantage surprised us with relatively close results in a setting where we thought the i7 would excel. While the Gamer Dragon loses in the “Memories” benchmark, it does squeak out a win in the productivity benchmark, and the aggregate PCMark scores are fairly similar.

In SiSoft Sandra, the Core i7-920 took an easy win in the CPU Arithmetic test, but the Phenom II held its own in the CPU Multi-media test. The Core i7 system walked away with the Memory Bandwidth test, thanks in whole to its triple-channel memory system.