Company of Heroes Performance
Company of Heroes is another part of our CPU benchmark suite, and it offers a very demanding benchmark environment. CoH is a WW2 real-time strategy game, which again provides us with a nice change of pace from the usual FPS benchmark. We use the game's built-in performance test for all of our benchmarking. To give our AMD and Intel processors a viable test, we've increased the physics load, while dropping many of the graphics settings. This will help provide a more CPU-specific benchmark test, while ensuring that the graphics card is not the limiting factor.
Due to the much higher physics load, Company of Heroes is one of the few benchmarks that shows a definite advantage for the improved processor architectures and easily scales to higher clock speeds. This game apparently likes the new Phenom II X4 core design, and it shows a huge performance jump compared to the older Phenom X4 models. Even so, the Intel Core 2 and Core i7 models still hold a significant lead over AMD.
Unreal Tournament 3 Flyby Performance
Our Unreal Tournament 3 benchmarking consists of a Flyby run in the WAR-MarketDistrict map, which was chosen due to its heavy in-game battles and sprawling indoor and outdoor locations. This provides a reliable score, and is repeatable through subsequent runs. The test resolutions remain at 1024x768, while game details have been set at 3.
Unreal Tournament 3 is one of the few real-world gaming where the Phenom II X4 can compete with Intel. Here, the 3.0 GHz Phenom II X4 940 posts very good scores, outperforming the 3.0 GHz QX6850 and coming within a hair of the QX9650.
World in Conflict Performance
World in Conflict is another real-time tactical war game, complete with eye-dropping visuals that are demanding enough to drop a mainstream video card in its tracks. It's a bit different from traditional RTS games, in that the war and strategy parts are put to the forefront, while the resource gathering and base construction tasks are taken out of the equation. In this test, we've used the in-game benchmarking tool, and used a standard 1024x768 resolution at Medium detail settings.
World in Conflict shows a good result for AMD, as the Phenom II X4 processors easily outpace the Phenom X4 9850 and 9950, while gaining a bit on the Intel competition.
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Performance
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is the latest iteration of the id Software/Quake gaming line, and is set in the same basic Quake world. This is a very popular multi-player game, and makes a very consistent benchmark platform. We have used the latest 1.5 game update at 1024x768 high details, and tested with a game demo on the Canyon map.
ET: Quake Wars is another benchmark that the Phenom II X4 turns into a real battle with the Core 2 dual and quad core processors, coming extremely close to catching the QX6850.