Gaming: Crysis and F.E.A.R.
For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Crysis and F.E.A.R. When testing processors with Crysis or F.E.A.R., we drop the resolution to 800x600, and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values 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.
In our Crysis testing, the Intel processors maintain a sizable and obvious performance advantage, where the Core 2 Quads and Core i7 hold on to solid leads. But in the F.E.A.R. benchmark the tables are turned and AMD's Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition takes the pole position.