Gaming Tests: Gears Tactics

Remembering the original Gears of War brings back a number of memories – some good, and some involving online gameplay. The latest iteration of the franchise was launched as I was putting this benchmark suite together, and Gears Tactics is a high-fidelity turn-based strategy game with an extensive single player mode. As with a lot of turn-based games, there is ample opportunity to crank up the visual effects, and here the developers have put a lot of effort into creating effects, a number of which seem to be CPU limited.

Gears Tactics has an in-game benchmark, roughly 2.5 minutes of AI gameplay starting from the same position but using a random seed for actions. Much like the racing games, this usually leads to some variation in the run-to-run data, so for this benchmark we are taking the geometric mean of the results. One of the biggest things that Gears Tactics can do is on the resolution scaling, supporting 8K, and so we are testing the following settings:

  • 720p Low, 4K Low, 8K Low, 1080p Ultra

For results, the game showcases a mountain of data when the benchmark is finished, such as how much the benchmark was CPU limited and where, however none of that is ever exported into a file we can use. It’s just a screenshot which we have to read manually.

If anyone from the Gears Tactics team wants to chat about building a benchmark platform that would not only help me but also every other member of the tech press build our benchmark testing platform to help our readers decide what is the best hardware to use on your games, please reach out to Some of the suggestions I want to give you will take less than half a day and it’s easily free advertising to use the benchmark over the next couple of years (or more).

As with the other benchmarks, we do as many runs until 10 minutes per resolution/setting combination has passed. For this benchmark, we manually read each of the screenshots for each quality/setting/run combination. The benchmark does also give 95th percentiles and frame averages, so we can use both of these data points.

AnandTech Low Resolution
Low Quality
Medium Resolution
Low Quality
High Resolution
Low Quality
Medium Resolution
Max Quality
Average FPS
95th Percentile


Gears is the one test where at our 1080p Maximum settings it shines ahead of the pack. Although at high resolution, low quality, although all five CPUs are essentially equal, it still sits behind AMD's Ryzen APU.

All of our benchmark results can also be found in our benchmark engine, Bench.

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  • rfxcasey - Friday, March 19, 2021 - link

    Yeah, might have to agree with you on this, from what I've seen the new instructions are amazing. They might be a real game changer but one thing is certain, it's the way of the future. Reply
  • Sgtkeebler - Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - link

    Should I buy this or the i9-10900k. I have an i7-9700k but I want to blow my stimulus because I have a pto cash out coming in may Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, March 27, 2021 - link

    If wasting money excites you... Reply
  • Priogeth - Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - link

    Gesaz what is all this nonesense about?
    here some values:
    (Name; Speed%*; mem; 1core; 2core; 4core; 8core; 64core; Price; )
    11400F: 97.6%; 84pts; 159pts; 313pts; 594pts; 930pts; 1127pts; 200€;
    7 3700x: 86%; 78pts; 135pts; 267pts; 508pts; 918pts; 1404pts; 264€;
    7 5800x: 98%; 87pts; 157pts; 312pts; 589pts; 1062pts; 1637pts; 380€
    9 5900x: 101% 89pts; 159pts, 314pts; 602pts; 1167pts; 2347pts; 500€
    11700k: 107%; 87pts; 180pts; 358pts; 679pts; 1206pts; 1681pts; 350€

    (100% speed performance = i9-9900k)
    the values are from userbenchmark dot com, and can be checked your selves.
    you might also want to go and check how these values come together b4 making any statements!

    in comperison with these values you can clearly see that the i7-11700k is the top runner! not only in gaming but also in number crushing.
    tho i would still more than recomend the ryzen9 5900x/5950x or a threadripper if you realy depend in numbercrushing like renderings and such.

    also worth mentioning is the I7-11400F if youre on a budget. best gaming cpu for that price.

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