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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  • Michael Bay - Saturday, January 14, 2017 - link

    Doom is not very CPU-intensive, and Battlefield is just drek. Reply
  • cpy - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    OMG AVX offset? What took them so long! I need AVX offset for my 4770K! That thing really mess with my OC. It feels like everytime AVX is used i need +0.1V to CPU. Reply
  • thekdub - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    Why is the 4790K "highly overclocked" in these benchmarks, while everything else appears to be running at stock speeds? I was hoping to get some insight as to where my stock 4790K stacks against this new chip as I'm on the fence about upgrading this year or waiting another generation. Instead, I'm stuck making inferences and trying to guess the difference in speed between a known variable and a vague statement of "highly overclocked". Reply
  • Achaios - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    @OP: It is a mistake that you did not explicitly state the OC of the chips you compared.

    The only thing I am interested right now is the release pf the 1080TI, so please ANANDTECH do your best to bring us some news (preview) regarding.

    CPU releases are completely uninteresting and by-and-large meaningless to anyone on a K Sandy Bridge CPU.

    I am on a Haswell, and don't see myself upgrading before 2020. Conversely, up to 2020, I would have upgraded my GPU twice.
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  • Achaios - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    "by-and-large meaningless to anyone on a K Sandy Bridge CPU OR LATER". Please consider adding an EDIT function too. :-) Reply
  • just4U - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    Yeah.. there isn't really much of a jump is there? Buying a 7700K for people already on High End I7's made in the past few years is more about ... just wanting something newer, with maybe taking advantage of what some of the newest MBs offer.. I think anyway. Speed? Pfft... you already got that..

    Now if they released a mainstream I7 that had 6 cores/12 threads in the same package, well then.. that might be something of a different story. (..shrug) intels loss.
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  • Badelhas - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    "Given that Intel has no competition, it is perhaps easy to roll out a new mainstream performance champion".

    This frase sums it up. And this is why I still own a SandyBridge i5 2500K overclocked to 4.4Ghz (a 33% increase) and find no need to upgrade. Intel is not even trying. It´s just SAD.
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  • Thatguy97 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    When ivy bridge came out I saw this coming Reply
  • willis936 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    Wow I can't believe it: an entire generation of CPUs that change absolutely nothing about the microarchitecture design or transistor size. Why even bother rolling out new SKUs? Reply
  • willis936 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    This would have been the perfect generation to add eDRAM to the K series. If only AMD would put out. Reply

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