Intel i7 970 Review
3D Mark Vantage
Finally onto our gaming based tests. Obviously as we're testing the CPU and not a graphics card we'll keep it brief.
The 3D Mark CPU score follows everything we've seen on the previous two pages. The big surprise though is how the GPU score is a little higher on the 970, which therefore means the total 3D Mark score is better too. It could just be the couple of increments in the Catalyst drivers since we tested the 980, but at the very least the 970 stands shoulder to shoulder with the top-of-the-line Intel.
As Crysis takes advantage of PhysX quite a lot, then on an ATI system you really need all the CPU power possible to help handle the many tasks the Crytek engine gives it. In keeping with the frustrating nature of Crysis Warhead the overclocked 980X actually wins out by quite a margin. We also tested Dirt 2 and Unigine, but with only a single 5870 in the system and so much CPU power available they were GPU limited and so graphs would be meaningless.
Onto the rather brief and obvious conclusion.