Re: Far Cry benchmark
I have taken A LOT of time to review articles showing 1024x768 and up with stock AMDs vs Intel in games like Far Cry. At the low res you have a 5FPS advantage at most and I see no more than 3FPS at 1600x1200 with similiar graphics cards. My own personal experience bears this out as well.
Check the recent CPU scaling article at HardOcp. I play greater than 1024x768 with the highest detail so I can't really see getting a high end athlon or worse an intel extreme. Mid range Intel's with large FSBs are good rigs.
I'd advise folks that enjoy overclocking to go intel 2.4-3.0c and possibly 3.2. If you do have extreme cooling go on and try a Prescott. I have seen those things do incredible OC's when tamed. Over all though I'd say go the former.
If you don't oc and want a very good gaming rig to keep for awhile and upgrade on I would say the AMD 939 with a 3500.
I am no fan boy of intel I just think they are unduly shat upon and the AMD edge exaggerated. I think a 220usd processor or less that does 3800 type performance is impressive.
Have JakUp run the Bench'all Fortdemo from 1024x768 to 1600x1200 and the other fellow do the same. I serious doubt there will be anymore than 3-5FPS at any of those resolutions.
I just don't think 3-5FPS in the latest games at very high detail is worth 400-600 dollars to AMD or up to 800 dollars to Intel for the extreme.
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