Gaming Performance

Supreme Commander

Supreme Commander is a popular RTS (Real Time Strategy) title that can be very CPU dependent. Our benchmark involves playing back, as fast as possible, a 4-person match and recording the simulation time for the replay in seconds.

We ran Supreme Commander at 1920 x 1200 with High fidelity presets, v-sync was disabled.

Supreme Commander - ATBench Simulation

Here's one area where AMD needs pure clock speed to keep up, even the old X2 6400+ is able to outperform the latest Phenom processors. As long as you have two cores you're golden in Supreme Commander, but AMD's K8 and Phenom architectures are clearly slower under Supreme Commander.


The most demanding FPS on the market right now is Crysis, and we couldn't resist using it as a benchmark. We ran at 1024 x 768 with Medium Quality defaults and used the game's built in CPU benchmark.

Crysis CPU Benchmark

More than anything you're going to be GPU limited with Crysis, but in terms of how well these CPUs handle the workload given to them by the game - Intel continues to take the cake here.

Oblivion: Shivering Isles

Our Oblivion benchmark is the same one we use in our GPU reviews. Oblivion can vary from being CPU limited to GPU limited depending on the scene, we picked one that was GPU limited to illustrate that even with a wide array of CPUs when you're GPU limited, the differences can be little if anything:

Oblivion: Shivering Isles

Half Life 2 Episode Two

Half Life 2: Episode Two

Half Life 2 is obviously more CPU limited these days, and we continue to see that Intel is ahead of the pack when it comes to pure CPU gaming performance.

Photoshop and Valve Multithreaded Game Dev Benchmarks Power Consumption


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  • Margalus - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    intel did not do "paper launch" of the wolfdale. They are just popular. If you can't find one, you aren't looking very hard. I've had an e8400 for over a month now, and have seen them in stock at multiple places since then. Reply
  • The Jedi - Monday, April 7, 2008 - link

    Aside of the E8400 being faster than the E6850, they $#%@ed up the industry by pricing it considerably cheaper, creating massive demand, while being unprepared to fill that demand. The E8400 supplies dried up leading to scalping on eBay.

    Now supplies of the E8400 have returned and the price is around where it ought to be. Hopefully Intel will keep it together.
  • stinkyj - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    i see stock for 8400 too, but i see a wide variance in pricing. in stock == inflated price.
  • sc3252 - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    Its nice to see some competition in the quad core arena. AMD isnt the fastest, but it does put out a competitive enough part for now. Hopefully in the next 3-4 months they will release faster cpu's to up the ante. Reply
  • mlau - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    The LDAP guys think the new Phenoms are quite impressive:">

    They don't win against Intel on all irrelevant benchmarks (3dmark and
    the other synthetic crap), but fare quite well in server workloads.

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