[CPU] Intel Core i7 4790K
[GPU] Gigabyte GTX 970 mini-ITX
[MOB] Gigabyte Z97-D3H (F7 bios)
[RAM] G. Skill Trident X 4GBx2 DDR3 @ 2400 MHz 10-12-12-31 2T
[HSF] Cooler Master Hyper TX3
Windows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1
Core i5 and Core i3 were all simulated using Core i7. Hyper Threading and active core count was configured in the BIOS. Turbo was disabled for all CPU configurations.
Core i7 4790K @ 4.2 GHz
4 cores / 8 threads
Core i5 4690K @ 4.2 GHz
4 cores / 4 threads
Core i5 4590 3.3 GHz
4 cores / 4 threads
Core i3 4160K @ 4.2 GHz
2 cores / 4 threads
Gaming performance will be measured by using FRAPS to record the frame rate and frame time.
Here is the YouTube link for the video showing what part of the game I benchmarked
I will benchmark the game using “High” settings and “Ultra” settings. The game has 2 sections for its “Video” settings: Post Processing and Graphics.
Here are the options under Post Processing and the following settings will be used for both “High” benchmark and “Ultra” benchmark
Motion Blur – Off
Blur – Off
Anti-aliasing – On
Bloom – On
Sharpening – High
Ambient Occlusion – SSAO
Depth of Field – On
Chromatic Aberration – Off
Vignetting – On
Light Shafts – On
Here are the options under Graphics. NVIDIA HairWorks is disabled for both “High” benchmark and “Ultra” benchmark. In “High” benchmark, everything will be set to High. In “Ultra” benchmark, everything will be set to Ultra except for Shadow Quality and Foliage Visibility Range which will be both set only to High. Of course, V-sync is set to Off for all the benchmarks.
Resolution – 1920 x 1080
Frame Rate – Unlimited
Number of Background Characters
Foliage Visibility Range
The results below are the average of 3 runs
In The Witcher 3, the CPU matters a lot even if you are playing at 1920 x 1080 resolution. Basing on just the average frame rate and minimum frame rate, the Core i7 CPU and the two Core i5 CPU’s seem to have almost the same performance. But the frame times tell us that the Core i7 offers the best gaming experience due to Hyper Threading.