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 ASUS HD7970

F1 2013

F1 2013: 1080p Max, 1x HD 7970

F1 2013: 1080p Max, 1x HD 7970

With a single 7970, the 25% minimum frame-rate difference between an i3 and an i5 is almost astonishing.

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite: 1080p Max, 1x HD 7970

Bioshock Infinite: 1080p Max, 1x HD 7970

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider: 1080p Max, 1x HD 7970

Tomb Raider: 1080p Max, 1x HD 7970

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs: 1080p Max, 1x HD 7970

Sleeping Dogs: 1080p Max, 1x HD 7970

Company of Heroes 2

Company Of Heroes 2: 1080p Max, 1x HD 7970

Company Of Heroes 2: 1080p Max, 1x HD 7970

Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4: 1080p Max, 1x HD 7970

Battlefield 4: 1080p Max, 1x HD 7970

Analysis

Aside from F1 2013, using a single HD7970 does not seem to affect frame rates so much at 1080p with all the eye candy turned on.

dGPU Benchmarks: 2x MSI GTX770 Lightning dGPU Benchmarks: 2x ASUS HD7970
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  • ilkhan - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    With 9-series, Intel is enabling Rapid Storage Technology 13, allowing UEFI support, RADI 0/1/5/10
    Think you meant RAID.
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  • Ian Cutress - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    Interesting, I remember correcting that a couple of days ago in an edit. Might not have saved. Updated :) Reply
  • ahar - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    I await your correction in the conclusion with bated breath. ;) Reply
  • Bugfree - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    Reading the conclusions I agree that Intel is somehow underperforming, since...well...they can. No real challengers or competition from AMD at this point. I really hope this changes soon... Reply
  • schizoide - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    Exactly. Intel doesn't _need_ to release anything. They essentially have no competitors at the high-end space. AMD's CPUs can't even compete with the i3. Reply
  • nandnandnand - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    It would take a miracle to inject competition into the CPU market: http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1322247 Reply
  • Jaaap - Monday, May 12, 2014 - link

    We need that miracle.
    This "Haswell Refresh" is total nonsense. It is just shuffling a bit with names and frequencies.

    Where is the looooong overdue desktop quadcore with Iris Pro?
    Reply
  • ReaM - Sunday, November 23, 2014 - link

    "AMD's CPUs can't even compete with the i3"

    I think you've read some other article, because A8-7600 destroys the equally priced i3 in most tests.

    The gaming benchmarks are skewed towards intel in this review because they've used 1280x1084 resolution on most gaming tests. Many of the games don't run well on full HD and intel.
    Reply
  • John3000 - Saturday, November 28, 2015 - link

    AMD CPU's like fx 8350 are beaten in some game by i3 by a very small margin but in most they are close to Core i5 and in many AAA Game are near to core i7 in performance. Reply
  • shorne21592159 - Thursday, May 15, 2014 - link

    i have just changed to using amd apus after many years using intel chips .im really enjoying amd and what they are doing at the moment with lot of hope for the future and although not as fast as intels at moment they do the job at the moment well for me ,plus i seem to be able to overclock amd chips much more than an intel with less problems for some reason Reply

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