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.
In both the Crysis CPU benchmark and our custom Enemy Territory: Quake Wars test, the new Core i7-980X Extreme finishes well ahead of the competition. The additional cache will help in many game engines and the additional cores in many others.