AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition Quad Core CPU
3D Gaming Results
Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. Benchmarking was performed using Quake4Bench and a custom timedemo recording along with 0xAA, 0xAF settings at a resolution of 1024x768. The benchmark was set to run a total of 5 times, with Quake4Bench automatically calculating an average result at the end of the run.
Quake 4 benchmarking showed that during real life gaming situations, the Phenom is a little off the pace of the Intel Quad.
F.E.A.R. is a game based on the Lithtech Jupiter EX engine. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects. Included in the game is a benchmark facility that taxes the entire PC system. This benchmark was run a total of 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being excluded and an average being calculated on the remaining 3 results.
F.E.A.R. ran a little slower again than the Q6600.
Bioshock is a recent FPS shooter by 2K games. Based on the UT3 engine it has a large amount of advanced DirectX techniques including excellent water rendering and superb lighting and smoke techniques. All results were recorded using F.R.A.P.S with a total of 5 identical runs through the same area of the game. The highest and lowest results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
Bioshock showed the least difference between the games, with the Phenom 9600 keeping up pretty well with the Q6600.
For fairness I have to say that once the games are turned up to full, with all details enabled and the resolution at 1920 x 1200, there is a much less marked difference between the two Quad Core processors.
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