Intel Core i7-970 Processor Review, Lower Cost 6-Core

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3DMark Vantage CPU Test

3DMark Vantage's CPU Test 2 is a multi-threaded test designed for comparing relative in-game physics processing performance between system configurations. 

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This test consists of a single scene that features an air race of sorts, with a complex configuration of gates. There are aircraft in the test that trail smoke and collide with various cloth and soft-body obstacles, each other, and the ground. The smoke spreads, and reacts to the planes as they pass through it as well and all of this is calculated on the host CPU.


The Core i7-970 lead in 3DMark Vantage's CPU Test 2 was right in line with expectations, and significantly ahead of its quad-core brethren. In this benchmark, Intel's new, lower-cost six-core is approximately 42% faster than the Core i7-975 but shows to be about 7% slower than the Core i7-980X Extreme 3.33GHz six-core chip.  Incidentally, AMD's CPUs make a little bit better showing here obviously.

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