Starcraft 2

Our next game is Starcraft II, Blizzard's 2010 RTS megahit. Starcraft II is a DX9 game that is designed to run on a wide range of hardware, and given the growth in GPU performance over the years it's often CPU limited before it's GPU limited on higher-end cards.

Starcraft 2 - GPU Bench

Starcraft 2 - GPU Bench

Starcraft 2 - GPU Bench

Despite being heavily influenced by CPU performance, Starcraft 2 shows big gains when moving to Trinity. The improvement over Llano ranges from 16 - 27% in our tests. The performance advantage over Ivy Bridge is huge.

 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Bethesda's epic sword & magic game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is our RPG of choice for benchmarking. It's altogether a good CPU benchmark thanks to its complex scripting and AI, but it also can end up pushing a large number of fairly complex models and effects at once. This is a DX9 game so it isn't utilizing any new DX11 functionality, but it can still be a demanding game.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

We see some mild improvements over Llano in our Skyrim tests, and even Intel is able to catch up a bit. Trinity still does quite well, only NVIDIA's GeForce GT 640 can really deliver better performance than the top-end A10-5800K SKU.

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  • coder543 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    It's just a marketing strategy. The CPU performance is fine -- and look at the Starcraft 2 benchmarks in this very article if you want further confirmation of that. Anandtech was subtly hinting that the CPU performance is a step in the right direction. Reply
  • ganeshts - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    The HTPC oriented review is coming up at 11:00 AM EST Reply
  • jwcalla - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    Hopefully there will be some commentary on Linux driver support for those of us who take an interest in XBMC as an HTPC platform. :)

    In particular, hardware-accelerated video decoding.
    Reply
  • Taft12 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    Linux driver support will be the same as it always has been for brand new platforms. Non-existant. Give it a few months. Reply
  • coder543 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    that's simply not true. The proprietary graphics drivers for Linux use the same code that their Windows brethren do. Open source drivers? yeah, that's months away... but Linux does have support. Reply
  • coder543 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    Check Phoronix -- they'll be posting some stuff soon. Reply
  • coder543 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    I'm also with jwcalla -- can we see some Linux stuff? Reply
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    Did you see the frame rates at low resolution and detail? Game performance will absolutely tank at 1080p, no need to test this. And other HTPC duties haven't been tested here anyway. Reply
  • JNo - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    +1

    1080p benchmarks are essential for a desktop part.

    Also, whilst you're at it, you may as well make quality a minimum of 'medium' for 1377 and poss also include medium for 1680.
    Reply
  • juampavalverde - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    Well maybe im biased by the view of Scott, but read by yourself:
    http://techreport.com/blog/23638/amd-attempts-to-s...

    AMD is telling what can be shown and what not... F off AMD, this aint a review, its a preview tailored by AMD Marketing, far of a whole fully product review, and the tailoring its exactly to offer a biased view of the product. Please make it clear Anand, the quality of your site is better than this AMD marketing bs.
    Reply

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