Is This Even Fair? Budget Ivy Bridge Takes On Core 2 Duo And Quad

Results: Far Cry 3

Next, we look at another threaded DirectX 11 title, Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3, based on the Dunia Engine 2.

I find this game easily playable when frame rates are in the 30s. But if I was gaming on the Core 2 Duo E8400, I’d want to capitalize on the extra performance attainable through overclocking.

Having ventured deep into the single-player campaign on a $500 System Builder Marathon PC (sporting a Pentium G850 processor and Radeon HD 7850 graphics), I found that pairing to be a good match at 1920x1080 using Very High quality settings. In fact, during the following quarter, there was no noticeable performance boost stepping up to Core i5 until I began overclocking the Radeon HD 7850.

However, just as we see here, that dual-core Sandy Bridge-based chip fell short under the increased demands of Ultra quality details. Basically, you are wasting your money buying graphics hardware capable of maximum visuals in this game unless you balance your card out with a processor able to juggle four threads. In this case, both the Core i3-3225 and Core i5-3570K are strong enough to shift the demands back over to our beefy Radeon HD 7970, even with just 2x MSAA enabled.

  • ASHISH65
    Wow! this is the review i am waiting from long time.Really good one for budget gamers.
  • amoralman
    God dammit! Now I feel like I need to change my C2D E8400. >:(
  • DarkSable
    Now this is cool stuff.

    Also, amoralman, did you read this? It's basically assuring you that your C2D is still awesome as a budget processor.
  • Steelwing
    Very nice review! I've got a C2D E6600 (2.4 GHz) and had been considering the Core i5-3570K (or possibly wait for a Haswell i5) and was wondering about the performance differences. My CPU is still good for a lot of apps, but I can definitely see a reason to upgrade.
  • AMD Radeon
    pentium dual core G2020 is the minimum i can recommend to budget gamers. i often listed it in sub 450 gaming PC
  • lpedraja2002
    Excellent article, I'm glad I have a more accurate idea on where I stand based on CPU performance, I'm still using my trusty Q6600, G0 @ 3.2ghz. Its good that Tom's still hasn't forgotten that a lot of enthusiast still are rocking Core 2 architecture lol. I think I can manage until Intel releases their next revolutionary CPU.
  • assasin32
    I been wanting to see one of these for a long time but never thought I get to see it. I just wish they had the good ol e2160, and q6600 thrown into the mix. I have the e2180 OC to 3ghz. It's still chugging along surprisingly enough, I just realized how old the thing was last night after thinking about how long I've had this build and looking up when the main components were produced. Safe to say I got my use out of that $70 cpu, did a 50% OC to it :) and it still had room to go but I wanted to keep the voltage very low.
  • jrharbort
    I've always been curious about how well my own Core 2 Duo P8800 (45nm & 2.66GHz) would stand up against modern ivy bridge offerings. And even though I'm talking about he mobile space, I'm guessing the gains would be comparable to those seen by their desktop counterparts. Each day I'm reminded more and more that I seriously need to move on to a newer system, especially since I work with a lot of media production software. Thanks for the article, it provided some interesting and useful insight.
  • smeezekitty
    Kind of interesting that the old Core 2s beat the I5 in tombrader with TressFX on.
    Also holy crap on 1.45 vcore on the C2D
  • Proximon
    I would not have predicted this. Not to this extent. I hope we can make these broader comparisons across years more frequently after this. I predict this will be a very popular article.