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|30th May 2009, 19:15||#1|
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20 GPU-CPU setups tested with Crysis Warhead, Far Cry 2 and Fallout 3
Crysis Warhead lives up to its reputation: The graphics card definitely is the limiting factor. Taking the results of the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ as a base, the framerate is slightly increased when the game is run on a Core 2 Duo E 6600, but practically this benefit is insignificant. If you want to speed up Crysis Warhead, you primarily should upgrade the graphics card.
In the RPG Fallout 3 with the HD Texture Pack only the Radeon HD 3870 is slowing down all CPUs, even the Radeon HD 4850 is accelerated by 15 percent if combined with the core i7-940, although such a high-end processor is not necessary. But a Radeon HD 4870 or Geforce GTX 285 should at least be coupled with a Core 2 Quad or Phenom II with 3.0 GHz.
Far Cry 2 is rather CPU limited - for a FPS game. Even the HD 3870 receives a performance benefit of about 15 percent when the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ is replaced by the Core 2 Duo E6600. The Radeon HD 4850 doesn't really benefit from a better CPU, but the Radeon HD 4870 gets a 5 percent bonus when combined with a Core i7-940 instead of a Phenom II X4 940 - the Geforce GTX 285 is 13 percent faster in this case. Practically this means that the GTX 285 receive almost twice the fps with a Core i7-940 than with an Athlon 64 X2 5000+.