For years and years, too many people have come to me with questions like "Is my Intel - NVIDIA setup a good one? How about if I buy a compatible ATI card?"
I want to lay this topic to rest, once and for all. Could you please benchmark multiple processors from Intel and AMD as well as graphics from NVIDIA and ATI. Please be sure to test Intel - ATI, Intel - NVIDIA, AMD - ATI, AMD - NVIDIA, and any other important setups from many different generations, both new and old. Im sure many will appreciate this information all in one place.
Normally I would say this is a bad idea, since you can't keep track of EVERYTHING (although Hardware Secrets comes close with its mile-long spec tables), and even if you do, that's not an accurate prediction mechanism for future chips. Example: before ATi's HD 5xxx series came out, the GTX was king. Before i5 and i7, that honor went to Phenom II. Now, however, once Thuban is released, we have a two-year breathing space without much new hardware because Windows 8 won't come out until 2012, and along with it DX12, so there isn't much of a chance nVidia or ATi will come out with new chipsets after Fermi arrives. So once HH gets its hands on a Fermi chip, a huge comparison like this one would really be a great idea.
I believe the best way to approach this problem is to take a large unbiased selection of people with various system setups and have them run their own benchmark tests. Afterwards, we can compare the data and see what can be concluded from it.
The best thing to do is create a graph using benchmarks from the highest and lowest rated machines, lets say, from this website. But we would need some benchmarking software.
The reason we can't go based off of what other websites say is because of the differentiation in hardware builds for each test.
I hope I know what I'm talking about haha.
Marius Malek:take a large unbiased selection of people with various system setups and have them run their own benchmark tests
We have that already. It's called 3D-Mark Vantage. Once you test, you post your results online and compare to everyone else.
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Alright thanks for these tips guys. By the way my favorite PROCESSOR ONLY benchmorking suite that is also FREE is CineBench version 10. It really does amazing in testing. As for graphics rendering, I will try this 3D-Mark-Vantage suite.
There was this article I read no more than a few days ago that tested cpu scaling with an ATI card (either the 5870 or 5970). The first article they released dealt with the current offerings from Intel and AMD like the i7 and the X4 965. Results were very close. They even threw in a OC'ed i3 and performed like an i7 just because games aren't highly multi-threaded. At the end of the article, they said they wanted to add previous generations of processors. I tried to find this article again but I can't remember which site it was.
Maybe you can somehow combine stand-alone gpu benchmarks with cpu scaling benchmarks to get what you are looking for.
I see, and for those concerned about too much testing, I only meant to test somehat new graphics, such as ATI 3000 - 5000 Series and NVIDIA GT and or GTS and up. Also I would like to see a nice comparison of Intel Core and up along with AMD Athlon II and up.
You can also test on Game Benchmarks such as Crysis, Modern Warfare 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
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