Game Benchmarks - Real-Time Strategy
Supreme Commander shows itself to be extremely CPU bound in this benchmark, with no real movement until 4xAA is added at 1920x1200, and then only resulting in a small performance decrease. Supreme Commander is known to like multiple core CPUs and will show a solid increase even between 2 and 3 cores, so this only helps the Phenom.
The frames per second rates hover around 40 over the entire spectrum. At first this might not look promising, but SC is a real-time strategy game and not a first person shooter: it's extremely playable at this frame rate.
Finally, let's examine another real-time strategy title, and another game well known for bringing average PCs to a crawl when the details are set high: Warhammer Mark of Chaos.
This title seems pretty hard on the low-cost system, and while it is still quite playable at maximum detail due to the fact it's an RTS game, many users may want to opt for some lowered detail. This result indicates that this title is not multithread optimized like Supreme Commander, but relies on high CPU clock speeds to perform exceptionally.