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.
World in Conflict
Most RTS games are more CPU intense that other titles and World in Conflict is no exception.
Far Cry 2
Far Cry 2 pairs impressive visuals with a truly interactive and destructible environment.
Valve Source Particle Simulation
Valve released this particle simulation test a while back for benchmarking platforms and CPUs.
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.
In most tests the 1090T competes relatively well with the Intel i7-980X. We of course see the largest separation at the lowest resolutions, but the differences are not that extreme. The 1090T also does not outperform the older Phenom II X4 955 and 965 parts to any significant degree. As a gaming processor it does perfectly fine, but if gaming was all a user is planning on doing, then a Core i5-750 would be a more cost effective and higher performing solution. It will still be some time before we see a majority of games which will leverage 6 threads effectively.