Our gaming tests set out to find games that were heavily CPU dependent in order to test for platform differences. Games at higher resolutions with more emphasis on the GPU won’t show us any differences, if they exist.
We ran FEAR at 1024×768 with the CPU settings at maximum and the GPU settings at medium to show any performance differences off of the GPU.
Call of Duty 2 v1.01
We ran CoD2 at 1024×768 with the GPU settings at Medium.
This benchmark is used by many in the enthusiast crowd to compare their systems so we decided it would be good for our readers if we included numbers from our test system here as well.
To be fair, these gaming tests are run at a low resolution and quality settings in order to emphasize the effect the processor has on gaming performance. In our first game, FEAR, the E6700 has the highest average and minimum frame rates, able to beat the FX-62 by about 10%. What is more interesting is that the E6700 can pummel the X2 4800+ processor by 35% on the average frame rate! Call of Duty 2 also shows performance gains on the Conroe platform, as the E6700 is well ahead (13%) of the FX-62.
The 3DMark06 test results again show the Conroe core with a noticeable advantage in performance, able to beat AMD’s top CPU by 9% or so on the CPU tests.