As you know, it is the graphics subsystem that determines the performance of the entire platform equipped with pretty high-speed processors in the majority of contemporary games. Therefore, we do our best to make sure that the graphics card is not loaded too heavily during the test session: we select the most CPU-dependent tests and all tests are performed without antialiasing and in far not the highest screen resolutions. In other words, obtained results allow us to analyze not that much the fps rate that can be achieved in systems equipped with contemporary graphics accelerators, but rather how well contemporary processors can cope with gaming workload. Therefore, the results help us determine how the tested CPUs will behave in the nearest future, when new faster graphics card models will be widely available.
Frankly speaking, Intel’s flagship CPUs are very close to each other in modern games. They are too fast for today’s game engines, so the frame rate is usually limited by the graphics subsystem performance. Anyway, we can note that the Ivy Bridge series enjoys a small advantage, within 5%.
In addition to our gaming tests we would also like to offer you the results of the Futuremark 3DMark11 benchmark (Performance profile):
We can also note the benefits of the LGA2011 platform with its quad-channel memory but the Ivy Bridge series with its minor architectural improvements wins in the physics test.