The Skylake Core i3 (51W) CPU Review: i3-6320, i3-6300 and i3-6100 Testedby Ian Cutress on August 8, 2016 9:00 AM EST
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. We take the average frame rate as our marker with a scripted version of the built-in benchmark.
For this test we used the following settings with our graphics cards:
|Alien Isolation Settings|
|Low GPU||Integrated Graphics||1280x720||Ultra|
|ASUS R7 240 1GB DDR3|
|Medium GPU||MSI GTX 770 Lightning 2GB||1920x1080||Ultra|
|MSI R9 285 Gaming 2G|
|High GPU||ASUS GTX 980 Strix 4GB||1920x1080||Ultra|
|MSI R9 290X Gaming 4G|
Alien Isolation seems to have recently had an update that affects low powered GPUs, pushing our new results to be very different to the results in our database. It only seems to affect the IGP and R7 240 results, so for now we'll focus on the other data.
In each case the Core i3s perform at the top or near the top, with the higher frame rates being with the higher frequency parts. However, for our mid-range GPUs (R9 285, GTX 770), that doesn't seem to matter that much, and the $70 AMD Athlon X4 845, along with the A10 parts, are within shouting distance. However, the effect gets worse with higher power GPUs, with the graphs taking an Intel/AMD split almost. The 8-thread AMD FX part sits as close as it can, but the Skylake parts pull a 10+ FPS advantage, which equates to an 8% or better difference.