AMD Unleashed: Four CPUs, Two GPUs, All Overclocked

Benchmark Results: World In Conflict

3D Games: World in Conflict

Only at 1920 x1200 is a slight drop in performance seen with the overclocked Phenom II processors, indicating that the Radeon HD 4870 is our limiting factor. The remaining average frame rates seem almost completely CPU-limited.

Note that even at nearly 3.4 GHz, the Athlon 7750 BE is not very impressive in this test, offering 10 FPS less performance than the overclocked E5200’s frame rates in the SBM series.

Enabling 4x AA and 16x AF puts a hurt on the Radeon HD 4870, and at the lowest resolution tested, only the overclocked Phenom IIs remained above 40 FPS. Despite the obvious GPU limitation, we also see very clear CPU scaling all the way to 1920x1200.

Stepping up to the Radeon HD 4870 X2 provides only a small benefit at 1920x1200. Let’s enable eye candy to see if there is a legitimate reason to want a Radeon HD 4870 X2 for this game.

Sure enough, the HD 4870 X2 flexes its muscles when AA and AF are enabled, and barely takes any performance hit as resolution is raised.

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  • waxdart
    I just skipped to the conclusion to see if reading the whole thing would be worth it.

    Seems to me like AMD know there stuff is slower and you have to accept that you have to overclock, Or their products have huge temperature problems at higher levels, so let’s "re-brand" it over clocking and let the punter spend X on cooling.

    How much goes into over clocking equipment Vs getting a CPU that runs faster and cooler in the first place? Is that much being saved?
    /Honest question with a hint of sarcasm.

    Also - I accept that just getting a system to over clock as much as possible is a valid waste of free time and good money as any other. If you enjoy it go for it.
  • wild9
    Phenom II X4 is good at stock speed compared to Intel (especially games like GTA IV), and overclocks quite well. Practically any CPU of this nature (both AMD and Intel), will require focus on keeping temps down if you want a decent overclock.