Low-Res Gaming: Crysis and ETQW
For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Crysis and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. When testing processors with Crysis or ET:QW, 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 story we have told up to this point, remains largely unchanged. In our low-resolution game tests, the new Core i7 870 outperforms everything but the Core i7 975. The Core i5 750 also performs quite well, besting the legacy Core 2 platform and AMD's current flagship Phenom II X4 965 by sizable margins.