Clarkdale's Efficiency: Core i5-661 Versus Core 2, Athlon II, And Phenom II

Benchmark Results: Games And 3DMark Vantage

Far Cry still runs better on an AMD system, thanks to the 785G chipset.

In Left 4 Dead, Intel’s new Core i5-661 can actually overtake AMD with a bang.

3DMark’s score says it all. The new CPU/GPU combo is much faster than Core 2 Duo and G45. Bear in mind that these are scores taken from the app's Entry suite, whereas yesterday's launch coverage employed the Performance preset. The point remains the same: you can do some very entry-level gaming with HD Graphics, but anything beyond medium/low settings and dismally-archaic resolutions will be beyond what integrated graphics can handle.