Alien: Isolation at 3 GHz

If first person survival mixed with horror is your sort of thing, then Alien: Isolation, based off of the Alien franchise, should be an interesting title. Developed by The Creative Assembly and released in October 2014, Alien: Isolation has won numerous awards from Game Of The Year to several top 10s/25s and Best Horror titles, ratcheting up over a million sales by February 2015. Alien: Isolation uses a custom built engine which includes dynamic sound effects and should be fully multi-core enabled. We take the average frame rate as our marker with a scripted version of the built-in benchmark.

For this test we used the following settings with our graphics cards:

Alien Isolation Settings
  Resolution Quality
Low GPU Integrated Graphics 1280x720 Ultra
ASUS R7 240 1GB DDR3
Medium GPU MSI GTX 770 Lightning 2GB 1920x1080 Ultra
MSI R9 285 Gaming 2G
High GPU ASUS GTX 980 Strix 4GB 1920x1080 Ultra
MSI R9 290X Gaming 4G

Alien Isolation on MSI R9 285 Gaming 2GB ($240)

Alien Isolation on MSI GTX 770 Lightning 2GB ($245)

Alien Isolation on MSI R9 290X Gaming LE 4GB ($380)

Alien Isolation on ASUS GTX 980 Strix 4GB ($560)

Unfortunately, Alien Isolation pushed a significant update for low-end AMD cards (like the R7 240) near the end of our benchmark suite, meaning that the 18 months of data with the card are now in the trash. Nevertheless, the rest of the results from our other cards show that Carrizo is comprehensively out performed by Kaveri in every test. It's worth remembering that the Carrizo part only has PCIe 3.0 x8 available, but the difference is mostly likely to do with data transfer through the L2 caches.

Performance at 3 GHz: Legacy Gaming at 3 GHz: Total War Attila
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  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, July 18, 2016 - link

    carrizo is gimped because it's a bulldozer product. AMD should have stuck with k10 cores on their APUs.
  • Lolimaster - Saturday, July 16, 2016 - link

    Unless they axed BR in favor of non-APU Zen and bring Raven Ridge early 2017.
  • Lolimaster - Saturday, July 16, 2016 - link

    They were nice in 2014.

    We should have a nice 20nm 768SP APU in 2015 with a full L2 cache Excavator and fully mature 896SP 20nm early this year.

    Remember the A8 3870K? That APU was a damn monster only hold back from being godly cause of their sub 3Ghz cpu speed, what we had after?

    400SP VLIW5 2011 --> 384 VLIW4 2012 --> 384VLIW4 2013 --> 512SP GCN 2015 --> 512SP GCN 2016

    Intel improved way faster (non "e" + edram igp's are near A8 level from being utter trash when the A8 3850 was release).
  • serendip - Saturday, July 16, 2016 - link

    Still not attractive when a cheap Pentium kills it on single-threaded performance, which is what matters in real-world usage. AMD needs to make tablet chips to take the place of Intel Atoms. I'd love to have a 2W TDP APU with double the performance of Atom GMA graphics and similar single-threaded performance.

    One can dream...
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, July 18, 2016 - link

    AMD powered surface 4 (non pro model) with LTE would be perfect.

    Too bad AMD abandoned that market. They had a good thing going with their cat cores, but they let that line wither on the vine.
  • leopard_jumps - Saturday, July 16, 2016 - link

    Thanks for the review ! You should include Intel i7 for comparison . Here :
  • Meteor2 - Saturday, July 16, 2016 - link

    The latest microarchitecture from AMD based on the x86 instruction set was given the codename Excavator, using the fourth generation of AMD's Bulldozer cores, called Carrizo cores.' - Can someone explain that to me? Or are we saying these are Excavator Bulldozer Carizos??
  • Calculatron - Saturday, July 16, 2016 - link

    Fourth generation Bulldozer-style cores, named Carrizo.

    The architecture type/family is Bulldozer, this version/generation is called Excavator, and this specific kind of core is called Carrizo. The mobile version is called Carrizo-L, I think?

    If you, or anyone you know, bought an FX-8350, they bought a second-generation Bulldozer product, and it was called Piledriver. Anyone who bought the A10-5800K also bought a second generation Bulldozer product, but it was called Trinity. Both of these were Vishera, since they were second-generation.
  • Lolimaster - Saturday, July 16, 2016 - link


    The 1st APU platform featuring piledriver cores was called Trinity,
    The 1st and only desktop FX platform featuring piledriver cores was called Vishera.
  • Calculatron - Saturday, July 16, 2016 - link

    This is correct: I confused, and swapped, Piledriver and Vishera.

    Both the A10-5800K and FX-8350 were Piledriver, but they were Trinity and Vishera, respectively.

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