Performance in Strategies
We use DirectX 11 mode for graphics cards that support it.
The results are indicative of the near identical reaction of the AMD cards to the platform and CPU. Among the Nvidia cards, the GeForce GTX 480 is the only card to depend on the CPU. This beast seems to be only satiated by a most powerful CPU indeed as the increased bottom speed indicates. On the other hand, the frame rate is never lower than 25 fps even at 2560x1600, so a faster CPU does not make much point even here.
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
The last gaming test in this review produces unique results. We’ve finally found a game where the faster CPU is justifiable in a gaming platform as it determines whether the game is playable or not. Just take a look at the results of the Radeon HD 5800. You can also see that the Core i7-975 EE/Radeon HD 5770 configuration is preferable to the Core i5-750/Radeon HD 5850 one at 1600x900 due to the higher bottom speed.
Nvidia cards behave in the same manner. Not only the GeForce GTX 275 but also the advanced GeForce GTX 470 can benefit from working together with a faster CPU. The difference in bottom speed is considerable even with the GeForce GTX 480, although this card runs the game fast enough even with the weaker CPU. Overall, we can note that Nvidia solutions are less CPU-dependent than the Radeon HD 5800 series.