Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Processor Review

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Low-Res Gaming: Crysis and ETQW

For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Crysis (DirectX) and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (OpenGL). When testing processors with Crysis or ET:QW, we drop the resolution to 1024x768, 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 place some load on the CPU rather than GPU.

Low-Resolution Gaming: Crysis and ET: Quake Wars
Taking the GPU out of the Equation

We left the Core i7-3770K's results using its integrated Intel HD 4000 engine in the graphs above simply to have another couple of game-rated benchmarks scores for the built-in graphics core; it's the discrete GPU results that are comparable to the other reference scores though. As you can see, the Core i7-3770K put up the second best scores here, outpaced only by Intel's flagship Core i7-3960X hex-core CPU.

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