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.
Our low-res gaming benchmarks tell essentially the same story we've seen throughout this article - the Phenom X3 8750 finished of all of the dual-core chips with the exception of the Core 2 Duo E6850 in the F.E.A.R. benchmark. In Crysis though, the Athlon 64 X2 6400+ and E6600 were also able to pull ahead of the X3 8750.