As you know, it is the graphics subsystem that determines the performance of the entire platform equipped with pretty high-speed processors (which certainly are the products discussed in this article) 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: 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 graphics card generations will be widely available.
Judging by the gaming test results, we can single out Core i7-750 and the entire Phenom II X4 family. These quad-core processors maintain the leadership under any type of gaming load, which means that they would be the best choice for a gaming system. The six-core Phenom II X6 1055T also looks good against the competitors’ background. Its Turbo Core technology proves highly efficient, making this processor perform really fast even when we do not need all its six cores at the same time. However, keeping in mind the price of this six-core CPU, we wouldn’t recommend purchasing it for a gaming system.
Taking into account the pricing, we would like to point out Athlon II X4 CPUs. Although they do not have an L3 cache, they prove to be stably in the middle of the pack at all times. However, dual-core processors like Core 2 Duo or Phenom II X2 won’t suit for contemporary gaming needs. As we can see from the obtained results, multi-core processors or at least dual-core CPUs with Hyper-Threading technology seem to suit better for the applications of this type.