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Looking at percentile frame latencies, and taking into account more recent drivers and games, AMD cpu's are looking a little better in the gaming area.

Edit: bear in mind that this is Tomshardware.com, so take the results with a grain of salt.
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Once those dry up, what then? Intel still holds the aces. For your dollar, the Core i5 has no competition above $160. At $130, the Core i3-3220 is tough to beat. It no longer humiliates the FX line-up in games thanks to AMD's most recent architectural update, but it's still cheaper, faster, and more power-friendly than most of the Vishera-based models.



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Actual title is "Gaming Shoot-Out: 18 CPUs And APUs Under $200, Benchmarked "
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EDIT: misread graphs. Fixed comment appropriately.

I don't invest much faith in the accuracy/quality of Tom's, and haven't for quite some time. Anand and Tech Report are far far superior quality, educational and detail wise imo. Afterall, TR's the one pioneering the Latency aspect of gaming. Even often better written and edited (Read the intel 990x review on TR if you don't believe me).

TR's review tells a different story:


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I wonder how much Chipset/motherboard effects this metric?
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I only skimmed this when I first saw it pop up on TH, but I remember the Far Cry 3 benchmark being unusual in comparison to the other games, especially with the i5's under the a4's, that's just not right in general.

Is the Far Cry 3 benchmark the best to show on the post?

I guess I will never be getting a Pentium though rolleyes.gif they're starting to show their dual-core limitations in games already. i5 or bust thumb.gif
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Who would have thought? AMD's "MOAR CORES!" is actually paying off. tongue.gif
 
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It's also an AMD Gaming Evolved game afaik, so maybe they have some optimizations. Usually though people are crying why TH is so biased towards Intel...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Pantsu View Post

It's also an AMD Gaming Evolved game afaik, so maybe they have some optimizations. Usually though people are crying why TH is so biased towards Intel...
Still pretty biased.
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"For your dollar, the Core i5 has no competition above $160"
Written to make the reader believe there is no competition to the i5. 8% (6 FPS) slower for 20% less money is apparently not competition, nor a good value. Then they throw in Skyrim and Starcraft to skew the relative performance graph. As long as those two games are mainstream played, Tom's is going to milk them. What other games heavily favor Intel CPUs? Haven't we sifted through all of them and those are the only two with freakishly differentiated performance?

Why are they proponents for relative gaming performance?
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Lol, i wanna cry, 2 cpus I own have the lowest frame latency in a game that i'll never own biggrin.gif
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Still pretty biased.
Written to make the reader believe there is no competition to the i5. 8% (6 FPS) slower for 20% less money is apparently not competition, nor a good value. Then they throw in Skyrim and Starcraft to skew the relative performance graph. As long as those two games are mainstream played, Tom's is going to milk them. What other games heavily favor Intel CPUs? Haven't we sifted through all of them and those are the only two with freakishly differentiated performance?

Why are they proponents for relative gaming performance?

It is because THG are mostly an Intel/nVidia propaganda site. They publish the occasional article to fool readers into believing they aren't biased but the stench is so palpable I try to avoid that site as much as possible.
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Originally Posted by TheSprunk View Post

EDIT: misread graphs. Fixed comment appropriately.

I don't invest much faith in the accuracy/quality of Tom's, and haven't for quite some time. Anand and Tech Report are far far superior quality, educational and detail wise imo. Afterall, TR's the one pioneering the Latency aspect of gaming. Even often better written and edited (Read the intel 990x review on TR if you don't believe me).

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I wonder how much Chipset/motherboard effects this metric?

The most recent CPU's are missing in that graph, especially AMD's APU's.
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