Total War: Shogun 2
For Total War: Shogun 2 we used the huge battle of the 'DX9 CPU' test modified for DX11 at 1920*1080 and with high graphics settings.
Unfortunately we can’t give you a score for the AMD FXs in this game. The game kept crashing on start-up with the FXs. We contacted AMD about the issue and they got the same result. They’re working on a solution. This is the only application that posed a problem during this test and while we have included it for information, it obviously won’t be included in the average. The other processors all struggle in this extreme test, the Intel CPUs still with a very clear lead.
Starcraft II v1.3.6
For Starcraft II a major attack during a replay was generously donated by forum users (thanks!). This replay contained a very (very) full-on attack and we measured the framerate at a resolution of 1920*1080 with all graphics settings pushed to a max.
All the processors were brought to their knees in this test which is in practice even more extreme than the one carried out in Shogun 2. Starcraft II doesn’t really exploit more than two cores, which explains the slight difference between the i3s and the i5s. The AMD FXs were on a par with the Phenom IIs and were outdone by the i3-2100.
Anno 1404 v1.3
Lastly in Anno 1404 we loaded a saved game with a city of 46,600 inhabitants that we partly visualise from a distance. The resolution was 1920*1080 and all graphics settings were pushed to a maximum.
It’s no surprise to see that there was no gain with the AMD FXs and that they were even slightly down on the Phenom IIs. The i3-2100 once again offered a higher framerate and the i5s/i7s are in another league altogether.