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Stalker and Half Life 2

Stalker : Shadow of Chernobyl
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Half Life 2 : Episode One
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Stalker appears to be GPU-bound, even at 1024x768, as swapping out different processors did not affect our tests too greatly. Half Life 2, on the other hand, showcases how a lower amount of cache can affect performance. Games are usually very cache intensive, and as such, the smaller L1 cache of the Pentium E2410 hurts it in this type of environment. Even when overclocked to nearly 3 GHz, the E2410 can only match the performance of a Core 2 Duo E6420, which is nearly a GHz slower in frequency, but has four times the cache.


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