High Resolution Gaming Performance
What is interesting about gaming, of course, is that for the most part it is not a CPU-bound use case for a PC. Instead, the GPU is a much more a dominant factor in performance and gaming quality. To demonstrate, we plugged in a GeForce GTX 580 graphics card and ran Battlefield 3, Lost Planet 2 and Metro 2033 at 1920×1080 resolution and high image quality settings on four different CPU platforms. The results are pretty indicative of equal footing with only minor performance deltas between the available CPU options:
While the Core i7-3960X has the best overall performance in our high-resolution, high image quality testing, it isn’t by a whole lot. In BF3, LP2 and Metro 2033, all four of our gaming platform options are performing on a similar level.
What this does NOT consider is multi-GPU performance, the CPU horsepower that is needed for that and how much the PCI Express configuration of the X79 chipset might help. We are going to be testing that very soon, and we think THAT might really show off where the X79 shines.