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.
Crysis and F.E.A.R. told constrasting stories. In the Crysis CPU benchmark, the new Phenom II X4 processors smoked the Phenom X4 9950, but fell victim to every Intel CPU. The story is very different in F.E.A.R., however, where the Phenom II X4 940 put up the best score of the bunch and the X4 920 squeaked by the Core 2 Extreme Q9650 and Core i7 920.