Manufacturer: Intel Price: $ N/A US Author: Steve Date: 07/13/2006
[ Real World Benchmarks ]
Using a single Radeon X1900XTX I was shocked to find there was another 36% performance to be had in X3: Reunion at 1600x1200. This is exactly how much faster the Core 2 Duo E6700 was when compared to the Pentium D 950. This equates to roughly another 20fps. Amazing, this is the kind of performance gain you could expect going from a Celeron to a Pentium D.
By lowering the X3: Reunion quality settings to low, the graphics card bottleneck has been removed. This allows for the new Intel processors to really stretch out. Here the Core 2 Duo E6700 is now 65% faster than the Pentium D 950 at 1600x1200.
Testing F.E.A.R with maximum in game settings enabled just strangled the graphics card and as a result there was no difference in performance between all five processors. However, turning the settings down to medium gave the X1900XTX some breathing space and allowed the Core 2 Duo E6700 to extend the lead over the Pentium D 950 by 20%.