Gaming TestsKeep in mind once more that for our real-world gaming tests below we included BOTH 1024×768 results (for maximum CPU effectiveness) and resolutions of 1920×1200 and 2560×1600 to simulate gaming that YOU, as a consumer, would actually be doing and what performance differences these CPUs and platforms will provide.
A reliable and popular benchmark, 3DMark Vantage can provide a good insight into overall gaming performance of a system.
Wow, there is that quoted 3DMark Vantage CPU score increase! And this is without including the GeForce GPU as a PhysX processor: the Core i7-980X is 51% faster in CPU score and 6% faster overall.
World in Conflict
Most RTS games are more CPU intense that other titles and World in Conflict is no exception.
The results for the Core i7-980X show what we have continued to see and expect in PC gaming: the CPU just isn’t that important once you cross a certain threshold. In this case, even at 1024×768 in WiC, the Core i7-980X wasn’t any faster than the Clarkdale CPUs and the difference shrunk as we increased the resolution to real-world settings too.
Far Cry 2
Far Cry 2 pairs impressive visuals with a truly interactive and destructible environment.
The same results are seen for Far Cry 2 as well.
Valve Source Particle Simulation
Valve released this particle simulation test a while back for benchmarking platforms and CPUs.
Now this is a good sign – Valve’s own particle simulator test shows a nearly 40% performance improvement for CPU simulations using the Core i7-980X over the exiting Core i7-975.
Valve Source Map Compilation
More of a developer test than gamer test, this benchmark is indicative of how long it takes a system to compile a map.
However we see essentially a stop in performance scaling as we get above 8 threads on the Valve map compilation benchmark.