Crysis 2 v1.9
The 3D gaming part of this comparative begins with Crysis 2. We used the latest version 1.9 in DirectX 11 and measured the framerate obtained at 1920*1080 Ultra at a precise point in the game during a shoot-out.
As may be the case with respect to the graphics card, the graphics options, the game engine and the scene, the framerate is seriously limited here by the graphics card. There’s no significant gain with the new range over the previous one, with just 0.4% with the i5s and 0.6% with the i7s. The Intels fully dominate the AMD offer here.
Arma II: Operation Arrowhead v1.59
In Arma II: Operation Arrowhead we measured the framerate when crossing a village in the first solo mission, still at 1920*1080 and with all options pushed to a maximum, including visibility.
This time performances aren’t limited by the GPU and the Core i5-3570K is 7% faster than the i5-2500K, and the i7-3770K 6.3% faster than the i7-2600K. As with all other games, there’s no advantage in Arma II to using six-core processors and this allows Ivy Bridge to take charge, widening the gap with the AMD range.