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

F1 2013

F1 2013: 1080p Max, 1x GTX 770

F1 2013: 1080p Max, 1x GTX 770

Using the i3 brings the frame rate down below 120 FPS average, with the minimum FPS up to 20% lower than the i5.

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite: 1080p Max, 1x GTX 770

Bioshock Infinite: 1080p Max, 1x GTX 770

With Bioshock on single NVIDIA, it would seem that CPU power matters more in the minimum FPS values.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider: 1080p Max, 1x GTX 770

Tomb Raider: 1080p Max, 1x GTX 770

Tomb Raider is infamously CPU-agnostic, showing all CPUs hovering around or below 50 FPS average.

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs: 1080p Max, 1x GTX 770

Sleeping Dogs: 1080p Max, 1x GTX 770

Similarly with Sleeping Dogs, it does not take much CPU power to hit peak FPS.

Company of Heroes 2

Company Of Heroes 2: 1080p Max, 1x GTX 770

Company Of Heroes 2: 1080p Max, 1x GTX 770

COH2 takes a strain on most graphics cards, but both average and minimum FPS are roughly the same for all three refresh CPUs.

Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4: 1080p Max, 1x GTX 770

Battlefield 4: 1080p Max, 1x GTX 770

IGP Benchmarks: Synthetic dGPU Benchmarks: 2x MSI GTX770 Lightning
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  • Basilisk - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    While I enjoy the image of you chatting away with worms a'dangling, The Bard has his due:
    "Shall I bend low and in a bondman's key, With BATED breath and whispering humbleness, Say this..." [Shylock]. Billy originated the phrase, and his spelling is still considered correct... although it's a common enough error. Think of it as abated (restrained) breathing.

    Informative article, however, so Thanks!
    Reply
  • dwbogardus - Monday, May 12, 2014 - link

    Really? I thought it meant breath that smelled like bait! (just kidding) Reply
  • coburn_c - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    I swear I saw a 'Death of the Desktop' and a 'PC gamers outnumber next-gen consoles' article in the same news feed last week. Reply
  • dave_the_nerd - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    So this is what you were working on?!?!

    10 days with no updates; you had me worried AnandTech. Thanks for the kickbutt review, as always.
    Reply
  • davegraham - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    lol. in your conclusion, you say "baited breath" which would lead someone to believe that you smell of fish. what you meant to say is "bated breath" which approximates to your intent. :) great article overall Ian. Reply
  • IndyJaws - Monday, May 12, 2014 - link

    Merchant of Venice +1 Reply
  • FreeMan4096 - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    Impressive article. Bookmarking the webpage. Reply
  • Galatian - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    Ian: on page 12 dual 7970 testing in Bioshock Infinite the graph for minimum frame rates has the core i3 twice with two completely different values.

    Thanks anyway for the great article!
    Reply
  • extide - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    "Eventually as the future of the chipset progresses, I see all these ports becoming flexible, though I would imagine we are a few years out from this." -- I actually don't think that will happen. It undoubtedly will increase the complexity of the chipset to allow the possibility for every single port to be configurable, thus increase costs. However, it is very unlikely that you would have a situation where you wouldn't want any SATA ports, or USB3 ports. Thus it seems pretty pointless to make ALL of the ports configurable. I would imagine that we will see a future with MORE configurability, but I would bet you will always see some dedicated ports. Reply
  • mapesdhs - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link


    If anyone's curious as to how the article's results compare to an oc'd older CPU,
    here are some CB R15 numbers for a 5GHz i7 2700K (RAM @ 2133 CL10, ASUS M4E):

    1-thread: 177
    N-thread: 880

    There's a power consumption difference of course, but the lower purchase cost of
    a used 2700K makes up for it by more than an order of magnitude.

    Ian.
    Reply

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