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Testing The Processors

The Testbed


Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450
Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Intel Core 2 Duo E8300
Intel Core 2 Duo E8200/E2190
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550/E6540
Intel Core 2 Duo E6420
Intel Core 2 Duo E6320
Intel Celeron Dual-Core E1200


ASUS P5B-E Plus (Intel P965)


Two G.Skill 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2 modules
Two Kingston 512MB HyperX PC2-8500 DDR2 modules

Graphics Card


Hard Drives

750GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA

Operating System

Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit


Testing Methodology

We tested exclusively in Windows Vista, with the latest updates. We chose these five benchmarks to evaluate the processors :

  • Supreme Commander
  • Crysis CPU Test 2 - Ice
  • x264 Benchmark
  • Super PI Mod

Supreme Commander is a DirectX 9 real-time strategy game. It is a very CPU-intensive game and will serve well as an example of a CPU-limited game. For more information, please take a look at our Supreme Commander Benchmarking Guide.

Crysis is the latest game in our arsenal. It is currently the most strenous test of a graphics card's capability but it also has two CPU tests, with a new Ice map test. For more information, please take a look at our Crysis Benchmarking Guide.

All games were tested at 16x AF and no AA, unless stated otherwise. The use of the latest NVIDIA ForceWare 169.28 beta driver had a problem - it would not allow the resolution of 1920 x 1200 to be selected in Crysis. Therefore, we tested Crysis at the maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080.

A minimum of 5 test runs were performed at each setting. The three closest results were taken and averaged to obtain the final frame rate. If the test results varied too much, the entire test was repeated.


Game Settings





Supreme Commander


1920 x 1200
1600 x 1200
1280 x 1024

Fidelity Presets : High
Background Image : On
Render Sky : On
Fidelity : High
Shadow Fidelity : High
Texture Detail : High
Level Of Detail : High
Vertical Sync : Off
Bloom Render : On



1920 x 1080
1600 x 1200
1280 x 1024

Texture Quality : High
Objects Quality : High
Shadows Quality : High
Physics Quality : High
Shaders Quality : High
Volumetric Effects Quality : High
Game Effects Quality : High
PostProcessing Quality : High
Particles Quality : High
Water Quality : High
Sound Quality : High


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The Performance Comparison

The Processors

Benchmark Details & Settings

The Testbed
Testing Methodology
Game Settings


Supreme Commander

Crysis CPU Test 2 (Ice)

3D Rendering


Media Encoding

x264 Benchmark

Math Calculations

Super PI Mod



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