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. 

3DMark Vantage

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

Though the 3DMark score was only a bit faster on the new Core i7-3960X, the CPU score is a solid 11% faster than the Core i7-990X and 55% faster than the Core i7-2600K.

Valve Source Particle Simulation

Valve released this particle simulation test a while back for benchmarking platforms and CPUs.

Intel Sandy Bridge-E Review - Core i7-3960X and X79 Chipset Tested - Processors 17

Another nice performance from the new Core i7-3960X.

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.

The Sandy Bridge architecture performs much better than the Nehalem CPUs in this test though the new 6-core option is only 5-6% faster than the quad-core one.

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