Originally Posted by RedCloudFuneral
I don't get why people complain so much about them turning up the graphics settings in the gaming tests? I don't think the whole point of a fast CPU is to turn down your settings and watch the frames fly.
People complain because it is a bad test of CPU power, which is exactly what we are trying to test. If you have the graphics super high, the graphics card is doing all the work and the processor sits idle most of the time. An i3, an X4, an X6, and a 2600k, will all get about the same frame rate when you pair them with an awesome graphics card and crank up the graphics. When you lower the graphics settings, the CPU has to do much more work to keep up with the graphics card that is spitting out frames left and right. So if you were to lower graphics settings slowly, weaker processors would start to get left behind first. And like you can see in some of the tests, doing a high graphics test makes funny results. There is one test where the 2600k scores 3 or 4FPS LESS when it is OC'ed a lot. That happens because the processor is completely out of the equation since the GPU is doing all the work. The test could be redone at 3ghz, 5ghz, 8ghz, and all the results would just be the random variation of the test.