Intel i7 970 Review

3D Mark Vantage and Crysis Warhead

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.

Crysis Warhead

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.

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Most Recent Comments

12-08-2010, 17:37:49

epic overclock fellaQuote

12-08-2010, 17:58:50

I've been waiting for this to go live so I can give you public congratulations for the overclock dude. What an epic chip.Quote

12-08-2010, 18:13:07

Epic chip epic price

I'd love one though

Cheers TomQuote

12-08-2010, 18:14:26

Originally Posted by VonBlade View Post

I've been waiting for this to go live so I can give you public congratulations for the overclock dude. What an epic chip.
Tbh dude it was fairly easy. Its just a cracking chip.... But thank you my good man.Quote

13-08-2010, 03:46:36

That OC on air is just sex. Plain and simple.

At least now the review is done you can turn the aircon back up from -2c and take your thermals Quote

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