Hello, and welcome back to Gaming Bench. It's been a long time, and the site is now under new management. We've updated our test system, and we'll be adding short pages over the coming weeks, months, and years. The short summary is that we have a top of the line PC, equipped with the latest Intel Core i9-9900K processor, running the latest graphics cards. We'll cut through a lot of the analysis, and just focus on the charts for now.
We're kicking things off with Forza Horizon 4, from Microsoft Studios and Turn 10 Studios. Available via the Windows Store [barf!], it uses DirectX 12 and tends to be very well optimized. We've tested at 1080p, 1440p, and 4k for our initial results, as lower resolutions are typically not used much these days. We're using the Medium preset at 1080p, and Ultra at 1080p, 1440p, and 4k. Here's how things look.
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Everyone knows that Intel doesn't make the fastest graphics solutions in the world right now. In fact, at best their GPUs are typically equivalent to the slowest GPUs that AMD and NVIDIA make; at worst, they're about half that level of performance. But they have one quality that makes them essentially ubiquitous: they're "free". Outside of Intel's enthusiast LGA2011 platform, all current Intel platforms use processors that include some form of graphics. From the lowly Celerons and Pentiums up to high-end Core i7 processors, if you buy any of Intel's consumer CPUs you're going to get some form of Intel graphics.
Continue reading Intel’s Broadwell-U and HD 5500 Performance
The concept of a "Gaming PC" often gets a bad rap. You'll get a lot of people looking at the cost of a top-of-the-line $2000 pre-built system (or just an overpriced gaming system) and wondering, "Who on earth would spend that much money on a system that's just for playing games!?" Obviously, the idea that a gaming PC is just for playing games is ludicrous -- any modern PC that can play games can inherently do all of the other PC-centric tasks equally well, if not better than the average non-gaming PC.
And since most homes in developed countries already have at least one PC, the true cost of a "gaming PC" is often the price of a graphics card. We already discussed the subject of graphics cards in our previous post, so today we're going to flesh things out with a look at what to use when putting together a complete budget gaming PC. Our goal is to have a system that can handle all the latest games at reasonable quality setting, priced at less than $750.
Continue reading Budget Gaming PC, April 2015
"Sure your system is fast, but can it run Crysis?" When Crytek first launched Crysis back in 2007, it was so demanding that not even the fastest systems were able to handle running the game without turning down some of the features. It ended up becoming something of a joke, trotted out for every new hardware release over the coming years, for everything from graphics cards to super computers and even smartphones and tablets. And as with all things related to computers, eventually we actually did have systems capable of running the original Crysis at frame rates well above 60 FPS.
Of course by then we had Crysis Warhead and then Crysis 2 to help reset the performance scale, and thus the joke has continued. As the latest game in the series, Crysis 3 ups the ante yet again for computing hardware... though these days there are plenty of other games that can give it a run for the money in terms of being the most demanding game. Regardless of age (Crysis 3 is now nearly two years old -- happy birthday!), including Crysis 3 in our list of benchmarks was something I've been meaning to do, and I've now taken the time to benchmark it on our current collection of GPUs.
Continue reading Crysis 3 Performance: Can Your New PC Handle It?