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Old Dec 22, 2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default [hardware.info]Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 680 tested with 10 CPUs

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If you like playing games in Full HD resolution with all fancy graphical effects enabled, you obviously need to invest in a high-end graphics card. If you're looking at buying one of the current high-end cards, such as the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition or the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680, it's worth taking a closer look at the rest of your computer. Will your PC be able to squeeze the most out of these expensive powerhouse video cards, or do you have a bottleneck hiding somewhere? With a speedy Core i7 processor you obviously need not worry, but what if you have something like an Intel Core i3 or AMD A6? Hardware.Info examined just that scenario, so read on to find out.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 12:25 AM   #2
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I'll never understand why some sites test cpus in a single player environment when multiplayer is required to truly test the cpu. I think any website that doesn't do this is rubbish and doesn't deserve the hit they get when I read their "review"
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I'll never understand why some sites test cpus ina single player environment when multiplayer is required to truly test the cpu.I think any website that doesn't do this is rubbish and doesn't deserve the hitthey get when I read their "review"


Out of curiosity, how often to you find a review that actually reviews CPU load in a multiplayer game environment as opposed to campaign? In general, I always figured the single player campaigns in games are overall more stressful on both CPU and GPU than just multiplayer's CPU load. In fact, aren't you eliminating A.I. scripts from running in multiplayer as opposed to single player games? I would think that would be fairly significant. Plus reviewing online multiplayer might be hard to get an accurate benchmark with other more inconsistent factors messing up the experience such as ping and players running around all over the place almost never doing the same thing twice.

I agree multiplayer has less of a focus on GPU load than single player in general, but I don't think that automatically means CPU load is higher in multiplayer because of that. I would love to see a multiplayer vs. single player CPU benchmark comparison. Actually, wouldn't seeing a really low-resolution single player campaign CPU benchmark comparison be better for comparison across multiple CPUS than asking for multiplayer? I feel like less goes on in multiplayer then all the scripts running in single player.

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The above review was specifically testing the performance of how those two video card's performance scale in graphically demanding games with various CPUs. Not putting load on those two cards and only looking at CPU wouldn't satisfy what they were trying to investigate.
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interesting that AMD seems less dependent upon CPU than nV counterparts, with only Crysis showing some fluctuation.... ie when using a 7970 the difference between a $150 cpu and a $1500 CPU at most is 10% (11 fps) and at triple screen play varies between 5fps and 1fps difference.
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