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 select the most CPU-dependent games and take the fps readings twice. The first test run is performed without antialiasing and in far not the highest screen resolutions. These settings allow us to determine how well the processors can cope with the gaming loads in general and how the tested CPUs will behave in the nearest future, when new faster graphics card models will be widely available. The second pass is performed with more real-life settings – in FullHD resolution and maximum FSAA settings. In our opinion, these results are less interesting, but they demonstrate clearly the level of performance we can expect from contemporary processors today.
If we look at the gaming performance with realistic graphics settings, it is quite logical that there will be very few differences between different flagship processors in this respect. Both: Core i7-4770K and Core i7-3770K, show about the same fps rate, because the main bottle neck in both cases is the graphics card. If we view these games as synthetic benchmarks measuring computing performance and lower the resolution to ensure that the CPU becomes the primary determinative factor in the overall scores, we will be able to notice some very positive changes. The top Haswell processor will be about 5% faster on average than the top Ivy Bridge. Moreover, in most cases LGA 1150 platform becomes a better gaming platform than the elite LGA 2011.