Intel Core i7-4770K Review: Haswell Has Landed

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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

The Core i7-4770K rocked our low-res game tests. In the Crysis CPU benchmark, our various Core i7-4770K based systems sandwiched the Core i7-3960X, with the Asus and MSI build motherboards coming out on top.  In the Enemy Territory: Quake Wars benchmark, the Core i7-4770K led all the way. The higher-bandwidth first level caches, increased IPC, and high Turbo core frequency, seem to give the 4770K a nice edge in performance here.

We should also point out that we included a couple of benchmark runs in these games using the Core i7-4770K integrated Intel HD 4600 graphics engine as well.  As you can see, it handily outpaced the Intel HD 4000 series graphics built into the Core i7-3770K.

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