Grand Theft Auto IV
GTA IV is also new to our protocol, chosen for its weight and multi-threading optimisations. Once again all the settings were pushed to a maximum, with the exception of the textures so as not to exceed available video memory, all at a res of 800x600.
GTA IV takes advantage of the presence of four cores quite well, allowing the Athlon II X4s to do well, the 620 and 630 sandwiching the Q9400.
Our last test game is Anno 1404, a strategy game tested at max settings but with resolution still at 800x600. We use a saved game with a city of 46,600 inhabitants that we partly visualize from a distance.
Here, the Athlon II 620 and 630 do better than the Core 2 Q8200.