Intel Core i7 870 & Core i5 750 - Gaming

By Edward Chester

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Summary

It's arguable that for many of you, gaming performance will be of paramount interest when it comes to buying new parts for your PC. However, the simple fact of the matter is, if you have a powerful gaming PC, CPU performance is not going to be your bottleneck. So as long as you have a reasonably nippy dual, triple, or quad-core CPU, you'll be fine. It's for this reason we didn't go to town with our game testing and have looked at just one game, Crysis.

We use scripting to run through a custom time demo, with frame rates recorded along the way. Each setting is run three times and an average taken to ensure a consistent and fair result. We used a 'low' graphical setting to demonstrate the effect a fast CPU can have when graphics card performance isn't a bottleneck and then we used a 'high' setting to show the limited effect a fast CPU has when your graphics card is the bottleneck.

Ohmz

September 8, 2009, 5:40 pm

Am I the only one missing part of Page 11?

Todd

September 8, 2009, 5:44 pm

To bad you all didn't test GTA IV or ArmA 2 for the games, as these use more of the CPU than any other game for the time being. But nevertheless, great review, definitely will have to keep my eye out for these CPU's.

Ed

September 8, 2009, 5:54 pm

@Ohmz: Right your are. Fixed.

Doug Ellison

September 8, 2009, 9:40 pm

You can barely tell the colours apart on the Cinebench graph. There are more colours than just blue and green you know.

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