MID-RANGE : EVGA GTX 960 SSC 2GB – 1080P
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The latest installment to the legendary competitive FPS series, CSGO is easily one of the most popular PC games to date. While it isn’t a very intensive game, competitive players demand the most performance they can get which is why we elected to include it in our tests.
We test on “Very High” settings with 8x MSAA enabled.
We can see that for the most part performance is about the same, when it comes to average FPS it is dead even, however once we take a look at frame time variance we do see a bit of a gap created. That being said, all results are well above the noticeable threshold which would mean the experience is smooth on all machines.
Rounding out our eSports titles is another game from Valve. Dota 2 is one of the most popular titles on PC played and watched by millions around the world. Like CS:GO, it isn’t the most graphically demanding, but it can be taxing on the CPU under certain conditions.
We test on “High” presets with all graphical and post-processing options enabled.
Dota 2 is a bit of a different story. Our benchmark takes place during a rather action-packed match that can be fairly CPU intensive, which results in the disparity you see above. The 5960X is able to beat the FX-8370 by between 17-26 FPS or 15-26%.
Tomb Raider (2013)
The most recent iteration of Crystal Dynamic’s long-running series, Tomb Raider represents one of the best-looking titles on PC to date. Its varied landscapes and beautiful organic environments create a quite graphically demanding title.
We test this game on “Ultimate” with TressFX and FXAA.
Not much to say here, Tomb Raider just plays well on virtually any CPU. All results are within 1 FPS.
Grand Theft Auto V
One of the most highly anticipated releases for PC, GTA V is the latest installment of Rockstar’s long-running genre-defining open-world shooter, and it is their most graphically demanding title yet! with massive city that’s brought to life with immense detail.
We test on “High” with all “Advanced Graphics” and MSAA options turned off with FXAA enabled.
Above, we can see that the Intel chip is able to outpace the AMD part by between 10-11% at stock and while overclocked. Which actually seems like a lot, and it is. However once you consider price differences it becomes a worthwhile trade-off.
Project CARS is easily one of the biggest titles out there in racing sims, with realistic weather conditions, advanced lighting effects, and realistic physics. Slightly Mad Studios has had a pedigree in making racing games and this one is no slouch.
We test on Nurmburg Ring in ‘Stormy’ weather conditions at “High” settings with all forms of anti-aliasing turned off.
Project CARS is a fairly heavy on physics, especially under stormy weather conditions. Oddly enough, while the 5960X wins out on average FPS by between 2-5 frames, it loses by a wider margin in frame time variance. While both chips manage to stay above 30 FPS, the FX-8370 manages to do a bit better.