Originally Posted by HyperMatrix
Honestly I think Valley is much more relevant to gaming benchmarks than 3DMark is, currently. One of the big issues I have with 3DMark is that it relies very heavily on the CPU, so 6-core processors like a 3930k would get a much higher score than a higher clocked 3770k. The issue here is that there are almost no games that take advantage of more than 4 cores. When I was building my PC...which cost me more than I'd like to admit...I was trying to decide between a 3960x and a 3770k. After reviewing probably hundreds of game benchmarks, I saw that the majority of games got a higher score on the 3770k. So, as a gamer, I opted for the 3770k, because I wanted maximum "actual" real world performance. Now I have a system with a 2L triple-radiator loop, running 3 GTX Titans, OC'd at about 1300MHz GPU and 7600MHz memory (gotta get the nex1500 PSU...my 1250w is crapping out atm as it's too much load) and I honestly feel I can't even try to bench with 3DMark because even if my system can beat out the 3930k/3960x builds out there in actual gaming 9 out of 10 times, I'll be getting a lower gaming bench score.
And this is why I love Valley. It has limited thread usage. So it doesn't really favour one CPU over another. And even better still...is that the CPU is very limited in its importance when doing a single-gpu benchmark. It just falls to having a decent CPU, but then just pushing the video card to the max. CPU only becomes a big factor when running higher end SLI builds. That is awesome because it actually represents true gaming performance where you keep trying to balance the bottleneck between CPU and GPU.
I'm just sore because I feel disadvantaged when trying to run 3DMark and feel my PC should have much better results than it gets.
^^@ HyperMatrix,we are talking synthetic benchmarks here ,you can't compare this to real life gaming ,you can't compare 6-core processors to four when running this benches with equal cooling ..it's just not fair
,as for real life gaming ..I'm hitting 200FPS on 144Hz all ultra setting in BF3 and that's @1300/3000 (thanks to FXXA injector ),here is my retired 570
P.S. when it comes to 3D/gaming or benching 8 out of 10- 6 core will always win..I just got owned by 6 core ..lol
http://www.overclock.net/t/1361939/top-30-3dmark11-score-list-single-dual-tri-quad/640#post_20685032Edited by coolhandluke41 - 8/26/13 at 3:36pm