Far Cry 2
Far Cry 2 is based on an entire new game engine called Dunia, which is based on DirectX 10 when played under Windows 7 or Windows Vista with a DirectX 10-compatible video card. We used the benchmarking utility that comes with this game, setting video resolution to 1920×1200, overall image quality to “high” (this is the lowest possible setting if you want to run this game at DirectX 10), setting all “Performance” options to “low,” disabling both anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering, and running the demo “Ranch Long.” The results below are expressed in frames per second.
On Far Cry 2, the Core i7-2600K (3.4 GHz) was 12% faster than the Core i7-875K (2.93 GHz) and 15% faster than the Phenom II X6 1100T (3.3 GHz). It is important to understand that we lowered the image quality settings to their minimum values in order to measure the CPU performance; by increasing image quality settings you start to measure the performance of the video card, not the CPU, and under this scenario all CPUs will get similar performance on this game. Since users buying a high-end CPU to play games will probably buy a high-end video card and max out image quality settings, the gaming performance will be set by the video card, and not by the CPU.