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.

The CPU score in 3DMark Vantage takes a pretty big hit going from the 6-core parts to the quad-core i7-3820 and i7-2600K though that is mostly synthetic in nature.  Real-world gaming sees very little differences between these kinds of processors though the SNB-E is coming in just ahead of the 2600K.

Valve Source Particle Simulation

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

Intel Core i7-3820 Processor Review - Quad-Core Sandy Bridge-E under $300 - Processors 16

The results are very similar here with a meager 3.5% boost in performance for the Core i7-3820 over the Core i7-2600K but a noticeable drop off from the performance of the 6-core parts.

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.

Again we see something around a 5% advantage for the 3820 over the 2600K.

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