Low-Res Gaming: Crysis
For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Crysis. When testing processors with Crysis, we drop the resolution to 800 x 600, and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values in order to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, the in-game effects, which control the level of detail for the games' physics engines and particle systems, are left at their maximum values, since these actually do place some load on the CPU rather than GPU. All platforms in this test were equipped with a NVIDIA GTX 280 to eliminate the graphics card as a possible bottleneck, in order to isolate the CPU's performance as much as possible.
With only two cores running at 2.8GHz, the Athlon II X2 240e turned in the slowest framerate of the group. The tri-core 435 fared better and ran with the middle of the pack, with a score of 117.48 fps. Though not impressive, it is satisfying to see these budget processors hang with more expensive models.