Gaming Tests
Keep 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.


3DMark Vantage


A reliable and popular benchmark, 3DMark Vantage can provide a good insight into overall gaming performance of a system.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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However we see essentially a stop in performance scaling as we get above 8 threads on the Valve map compilation benchmark.

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