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Crysis GPU Benchmark
Yip, ATI cards still choke on Crysis. Even Crossfired cards don’t fare too well. I’ve chosen to use the GPU benchmark from the demo as it’s widely available for everyone to use, and I’m not quite sure what the CPU benchmark is supposed to prove so well skip that. In medium/high mode, all settings are on high except for physics and shading, whereas in high mode all settings are set to high with 4xAA enabled.

Eeesh. I don’t know even know what to say here, except that you can even see $6,000+ Intel/NVIDIA systems choking on Crysis at the higher settings. The jury is still out as to whether Crysis truly requires some serious hardware to run smoothly, or whether it’s just poorly coded. I’m going with the latter, to be honest. There are games with the same level of eye-candy as Crysis which run much better on modern machines. Whatever the case may be, I for one welcome the fact that Far Cry 2 won’t be using the same engine.

Oh yeah by the way – please do not adjust your picture, that IS a slower-clocked AMD chip beating a higher-clocked Intel chip. Pretty embarrassing for Intel really, but like I said above , I don’t have a lot of faith in the efficiency of this engine.

SuperPi 1M
What’s a CPU test without a bit of SuperPi eh? If you’re not familiar with SuperPi, it’s just a program that calculates the number Pi to however many decimal places you want, and loops the calculation over and over about 20 times in a row. This is very CPU intensive so has two uses: it tests the stability of your system, and gives a result in seconds which you can use to compare performance between two machines. Here we are calculating Pi to 1 million decimal places and looping it 19 times.

Here we see the Phenom taking the lead over the Athlon, most likely thanks to the added L3 cache. SuperPi is a single-thread application so it doesn’t benefit from the extra cores. Intel chips have always outperformed AMD chips in this department, due in part to the larger L2 cache but also due to different optimisations in Intel’s instruction sets on their CPUs.

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