Alien: Isolation

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.

Alien Isolation on ASUS GTX 980 Strix 4GB ($560)Alien Isolation on MSI R9 290X Gaming LE 4GB ($380)Alien Isolation on MSI GTX 770 Lightning 2GB ($245)Alien Isolation on MSI R9 285 Gaming 2GB ($240)

In al of our testing, aside from a couple of scores falling at the bottom depending on the CPU/GPU combo, all the CPUs perform similarly.

Legacy Tests Gaming: Total War Attila


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  • Ian Cutress - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    The boards will default to DDR4-2133 as a base memory frequency, regardless of processor. JEDEC has profiles for 2133 and 2400, and Kaby Lake is compatible with the JEDEC DDR4-2400 profile. So in order to achieve this, we use kits that offer DDR4-2400 JEDEC memory profiles via XMP. Enable XMP, and you're at the frequency that's officially supported by the processor, which is JEDEC. Out of the box usually refers to the BIOS, as we tend to eschew special 'media' BIOSes that might adjust certain performance parameters. Reply
  • ccdrop - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - link

    I just wanted to give you guys a super big THANK YOU! for testing under Windows 7 64-bit SP1, now I can be excited about the 7700k again!

    My big worry was that the 7700k was going to be a useless upgrade from my 2600K due to the whole "not officially support" drama as I flat have no interest in windows 10 (Please don't reply with Pro-10 comments I will never read them as I will never check these comments again I am just here to say thank you, along with the fact I have a laundry list about a mile long as to why I despise 10, I have thoroughly tested it for my use cases and it is a very solid downgrade. I am not a gamer so do it for the games is meaningless. As for security, my main workstation isn't attached to any networks and if you have local access to the system 10 is no better then 7, finally as for doing it for the "new features" just because you know new features are new... I will wait and see if the 7700k really runs 10~20% better on Windows 10 than windows 7 WITH MY SOFTWARE not games or things I don't use, then I'll switch. However as of now on my current hardware Windows 10 runs about 10~20% slower then windows 7 with my software, and is vastly more prone to errors and workflow interruptions.)
  • negusp - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    stfu, it is a pretty useless upgrade. 10-20% over a 2600k is nothing to be excited about.

    wait for Ryzen or Cannonlake. if you think your 2600k is anywhere near obsolete you have to be kidding me.
  • fm13 - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    I'm still using my i7 860 which is still OK at stock frequencies. Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - link

    AnandTech reviews that are on time, what sorcery is this? I sincerely hope to see more of it this year! Reply
  • just4U - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    I do not recall Ian ever being late to the party on his reviews... Reply
  • Thatguy97 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    Ryan is always late

    Remember Fiji? And the "on the way" gtx 950 review?
  • Toss3 - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - link

    "In most of our benchmarks, the results are clear: a stock Core i7-7700K beat our overclocked Core i7-4790K in practically every CPU-based test (Our GPU tests showed little change)."

    Wait the 4790K was overclocked? You didn't mention the clockspeed anywhere. And how can a 5820K be faster than a 6800K (Grid: Autosport on MSI R9 290X)? You really need to let your readers know what speeds these CPUs are running at.
  • Thatguy97 - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - link

    No fucking increase in IPC

    Damn we need some competition bad and shame on anandtech for not ragging on Intel for lack of innovation
  • ThomasS31 - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - link

    Thanks... though it would be time to upgrade the GPU part to at least a GTX1080 or more like a TXP... I see on other tests, that those, especially the TXP shows some differences in high end gpus more. GTX980 is limiting these days too heavy. Reply

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