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Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5-2500K & Core i7-2600K Processors Review

Author: MAC
Date: January 2, 2011
Product Name: Intel Core i5-2500K & Core i7-2600K
 
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IGP Gaming Benchmarks



In order to get an idea of how the new Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated GPU performs we decided to compare it to the previous Intel GMA HD IGP (both 733Mhz & 900Mhz flavours) found in the Clarkdale chips, as well as AMD's latest IGP, the Radeon HD 4290 (40 unified shaders @ 700Mhz/UMA+SidePort DDR3-1333) found in the 890GX chipset. We also compared Intel's new IGP to a few low-priced discrete GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA.

Keep in mind that while both Sandy Bridge models in this review feature the higher-end Intel HD 3000 Graphics GPU with 12 EU's, the Core i5-2500K can only dynamically clock up to 1100Mhz, while the Corer i7-2600K can run all the way up to 1350Mhz.


Futuremark 3DMark06


3DMark06 v1.1.0
Graphic Settings: Default
Resolution: 1280X1024

Test: Specific CPU Score and Full Run 3Dmarks
Comparison: Generated Score

The Futuremark 3DMark series has been a part of the backbone in computer and hardware reviews since its conception. The trend continues today as 3DMark06 provides consumers with a solid synthetic benchmark geared for performance and comparison in the 3D gaming realm. This remains one of the most sought after statistics, as well as an excellent tool for accurate CPU comparison, and it will undoubtedly be used for years to come.



Things set off with a bang here as these new IGPs are able to thoroughly outstrip the previous generation in 3DMark 06 and even manage to run past the AMD HD 5450. Unfortunately, the lowest-end NVIDIA card we tried simply ran away with the show.


Futuremark 3DMark Vantage


3DMark Vantage v1.0.1
Graphic Settings: Entry Preset
Resolution: 1024X768

Test: Specific CPU Score and Full Run 3Dmarks
Comparison: Generated Score

3DMark Vantage is the follow-up to the highly successful 3DMark06. It uses DirectX 10 exclusively so if you are running Windows XP, you can forget about this benchmark. Along with being a very capable graphics card testing application, it also has very heavily multi-threaded CPU tests, such Physics Simulation and Artificial Intelligence (AI), which makes it a good all-around gaming benchmark.



In Vantage we see very much the same results as in the previous test since once again both the HD 3000 IGPs perform extremely well.


Far Cry 2


Far Cry 2 1.02
Resolution: 1280x1024
Anti Aliasing: 0
Quality Settings: Medium
Global Settings: DX9 Enabled

Test 1: Ranch Long Demo
Comparison: FPS (Frames per Second)

Far Cry 2 is the hot new new first-person shooter from Ubisoft's Montreal studio, and the first game to utilize the new visually stunning Dunia Engine, which will undoubtedly be used by numerous future games. Using the included Benchmarking Tool, we ran the Long Ranch demo in DX9 mode at 1280x1024 with all settings set to low.




Left 4 Dead


Left 4 Dead (Latest Update)
Resolution: 1280x1024
Filtering: 0X AA / 0X AF
Graphic Settings: Medium
Shader Detail: Medium
Test 1: HWC Custom Timedemo
Comparison: FPS (Frames per Second)

Left 4 Dead is the latest disorienting, fast-paced zombie apocalypse mega-hit from Valve. L4D uses the latest version of the Source engine with enhancements such as multi-core processor support and physics-based animation. We tested at 1280x1024 with in-game details set to low. For benching, we used a pre-recorded 20 minute timedemo taken on the No Mercy campaign during The Apartments mission.




World in Conflict


World in Conflict v1.010
Resolution: 1280x1024
Anti-Aliasing: 0X
Anisotropic Filtering: 0X
Graphic Settings: Medium
Test 1: Built-in Benchmark
Comparison: FPS (Frames per Second)

One of the detailed and most visually stunning real-time tactical games in recent history, World in Conflict remains a staple in our gaming lineup . For this test we used the in-game benchmarking tool.




X3: Terran Conflict


X3: Terran Conflict 1.2.0.0
Resolution: 1280x1024
Anti-Aliasing: 0X
Anisotropic Filtering: 0X
Graphic Settings: Medium
Test 1: Built-in Benchmark
Comparison: FPS (Frames per Second)




Within a real-world gameplay scenario, things to change one bit as the new Intel IGPs continue to impress but they donít really compare all that well against a sub-$100 dedicated GPU. It is just important to remember that Intelís graphics controller isnít compatible with the DX11 standard which is a shame considering we have seen several games perform better under DX11 than DX10 settings.
 
 
 

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