Gaming Related Tests
These tests aren’t really GAME testing but are more synthetic gaming-related tests. For that reason these benchmarks are done using the GeForce GTX 285 graphics card installed and are meant to continue testing the x86 CPU performance of the benchmarked platforms.
A reliable and popular benchmark, 3DMark Vantage can provide a good insight into overall gaming performance of a system.
The AMD FX-8150 is able to just beat out Intel’s Core i5-2500k in the CPU portion of the 3DMark Vantage test.
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.