Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E CPU Review

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

The Core i7-4960X performed right on-par with the Haswell-based Core i7-4770K in the Crysis CPU benchmark, but outpaced everything else by a slight margin. In the OpenGL-based ET:Quake Wars benchmark, however, the Core i7-4960X ruled the roost, outperforming every other processor we tested.

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