Intel Core 2 Duo Performance Update
We also did some low- and high-resolution benchmarking with F.E.A.R. at Intel's event. For the low resolution tests we dropped the resolution to 640x480, and lowered all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance. However, in the high-resolution tests, the resolution was set to 1280x960, the in-game graphical options were set to the maximum values, and 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotopic filtering were enabled.
The low-res and high-res F.E.A.R. results told two totally different stories. In the low-resolution tests, Intel's new Core 2 Duo and Extreme processors had huge advantages, almost doubling the performance of the overclocked FX-60 in one of the comparisons. However, with the resolution turned up to a more realistic 1290x960, only a couple of frames per second separated each of the platforms according to the minimum and average reported framerates. Intel continued to show strength according to the maximum framerates though.