The Intel Haswell Refresh Review: Core i7-4790, i5-4690 and i3-4360 Testedby Ian Cutress on May 11, 2014 3:01 AM EST
For our discrete GPU benchmarks, we have split them up into the different GPU configurations we have tested. We have access to both MSI GTX 770 Lightning GPUs and ASUS reference HD 7970s, for SLI and Crossfire respectively. These tests are all run at 1080p and maximum settings, reporting the average and minimum frame rates.
dGPU Benchmarks: 1x MSI GTX770 Lightning
Using the i3 brings the frame rate down below 120 FPS average, with the minimum FPS up to 20% lower than the i5.
With Bioshock on single NVIDIA, it would seem that CPU power matters more in the minimum FPS values.
Tomb Raider is infamously CPU-agnostic, showing all CPUs hovering around or below 50 FPS average.
Similarly with Sleeping Dogs, it does not take much CPU power to hit peak FPS.
Company of Heroes 2
COH2 takes a strain on most graphics cards, but both average and minimum FPS are roughly the same for all three refresh CPUs.