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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  • lopri - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    +1. (minus AMD part. I will believe that one when I see it)

    Same performance, and even less overclocking (% wise) for bragging rights. Haha.
  • Michael Bay - Saturday, January 14, 2017 - link

    I`m on Ivy Bridge/980 and have exactly zero incentive to upgrade performance-wise. Ten less seconds in winrar hardly matter. Reply
  • fanofanand - Thursday, January 26, 2017 - link

    It's not processor performance that prompts today's upgrade, it's i/o. Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - link

    If I could slap my i7-3770k in a Z270 motherboard I'd do it in a heartbeat. That proc is fine for what I need, but I need an upgrade to the rest of the subsystems. USB 3.1, more SATA III ports, M.2, etc. Reply
  • Lolimaster - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    You can do that with pci expansion cards. Reply
  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - link

    So I was looking at the i3-7350K and wondering how well it would overclock without major voltage increases... but then I looked at the price. Cripes, that's no budget overclocker. If you're building a mid-range box and plunking down around $160 for the CPU alone, I figure what's another $60 for the i5-7600K. Or if cash is really tight, just spend a mere $20 more and get the i5-7500. Even at bone stock settings, the two extra physical cores are going to provide a LOT of extra performance in a modern application that can actually use 4 threads. Reply
  • dakishimesan - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - link

    Agree. Same thought process I went through. In fact, the i5 7400 is only 13 dollars more than the i3-k. Reply
  • Lolimaster - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    With cpu's around 4Ghz, there's no point in OC. It's not the same when we had bottlenecked systems using single or dual cores with sub 2.6Ghz that could OC to 3.5Ghz, the extra % of oc vs heat/power consumption reached the diminishing point.

    2cores for gaming is pathetic.
  • hapkiman - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - link

    Looks like you better have some real good cooling with this proc. Going to get hot real fast once you start pushing it. Wonder what Intel used for thermal interface material. It's definitely not soldered. Reply
  • ruiner5000 - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - link

    No Battlefield, no Doom? What is this? Reply

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