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.

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  • HardwareDufus - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    This is exactly what I was thinking. Why didn't they add the eDRAM to this K-Series chip. Maybe we will see another higher clocked variant with Iris Pro.... I would buy that. Meanwhile, I'll keep using my I7-3700K CPU. Reply
  • Vash63 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    It's mentioned in the article that Linux doesn't support Speedshift. That seems to be at odds with the p-state driver documentation on

    "If the processor is capable of selecting its next P-State internally, then the driver will offload this
    responsibility to the processor (aka HWP: Hardware P-States). If not, the driver implements algorithms to select the next P-State."

    Looks like they call it HWP instead of 'Speedshift', marketing names don't often make it into the kernel. This was added in Nov 2014:
  • oranos - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    so basically if you have a 6700k you good to go Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    Or anything as old as a 2500K apparently as long as you don't have a need for some of the features included on more modern motherboards. Honestly, the last six or so years have been pretty dull ones for x86 processors. Reply
  • iwod - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    To American viewers, ( which i expect many would be on Anandtech ), and dont know who Jerermy Clarkson is, He is a former host of UK BBC's Car / Motoring Show "Top Gear", and current host of Amazon's The Grand Tour.

    And in case you dont know the show, you should watch it :P

    P.S - Why specifically American? Because Top gear is the world most watched TV shows ( Non-Drama ) and it is popular is everywhere in the world EXCEPT America.
  • stardude82 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    ...Except it's been canceled. I hear you can watch some blowhard prattle on about rich boy toys on this little American website called Reply
  • stardude82 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    Oh wait... The was a British version? Reply
  • Manch - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    What are you on about? Top Gear was quite popular in the states among gearheads and their ilk. So popular, they made a US version which sucks. Reply
  • fanofanand - Thursday, January 26, 2017 - link

    Manch is correct. Americans "in the know" about car stuff all know about and revere Top Gear. The American version was awful, and I haven't watched the Amazon version but heard the first episode was impressive, the others not so much. I like Jeremy Clarkson but the other two hosts made the show, IMO. Reply
  • iwod - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    So the i7700K gets you 8% more clock speed for the same power usage. And you get roughly 10% more performance due to clock speed and slight IPC improvement. Reply

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