Intel K Series Processors

Vantage and Gaming

Intel K Series  Processors

3D Mark Vantage

Finally before we get to some gaming, we'll see how Vantage copes. As a benchmark that doesn't really reward insane CPU scores as much as it does having enough grunt to power the graphics, our results aren't a huge surprise.

CPU scores definitely follow the core+speed pattern. However the P Score gives a slight double take. Stock the 875K is lagging behind both the 930 and the 870. Even overclocked so heavily it only just keeps up. However we know not to trust Vantage totally, so do the gaming results continue this?

Dirt 2

We've often stated in previous reviews how, by virtue of its console origins, Dirt 2 gives good results on almost any setup. As consoles don't have quad cores then the pretty identical results across the board aren't as much of a shock as they might otherwise be. Sure there is a frame here or there, but only the stock 875K gets dangerously close to underneath the 60FPS mark.

Crysis Warhead

Warhead is designed for PCs and so takes advantage of every MHz it can get its hands on. The minimum FPS is of less concern as there aren't major drops and even with consistent runs you can have some variance. When it comes to average rates we once again see that although the 875K gives brilliant results in synthetic benchmarks, it doesn't do as well in real tests.

Once again the 655K shines brighter than it has any right to.

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Most Recent Comments

07-06-2010, 10:09:15

When I finally upgrade I'll be looking for a quad-core since I do graphic work. Looks like the $930 is still the best deal. The 655 is pretty sweet though for a dual-core.Quote

07-06-2010, 10:21:57

Yeah, they seem expensive for what they deliver. If anyone was going to spend £300 on a CPU (or more), they would go for an X58, and clock the i7 930. The 1156 platform doesn't seem the logical place to stick these chips, although I suppose that intel don't want to put people off buying the extreme edition chips.

Good review, so good for OC3D, but weird price/platform of chips from intel.Quote

07-06-2010, 11:05:37

WOW thats extreme for aircooled over 5Ghz on waterQuote

07-06-2010, 11:06:40

the conclusion was difficult tbh as there were so many factors to consider. The 875 is cheaper than the 870 but doesnt seem as good. The 655 goes like stink but costs a good chunk more and seems expensive for a dual but it is 32nm.....

Its a tough one to call tbh.Quote

07-06-2010, 15:09:20

I hear ya Tom. Good review regardless. And I think fair scores for both.Quote

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