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 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.
The Q8400 falls behind the Q9400 and AMD's 3.1GHz X2 550 in our Crysis benchmarks, but beats the rest of the pack by hitting 129.2 fps.