Intel Will Push Core i7 for Game Graphics at GDC



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......but thanks for asking  :)  When I said OVERALL score...thats what I meant  ^^


Take efficiency, and edit out all the intelligence and what you have left is a post-XP Microsoft operating system :)



That when MaxPC benches things, they use max settings at max resolutions? (unless they're doing CPU tests, which 3Dmark06 isn't really a very good CPU test) Unless you spent the money on 3Dmark06, you have the free version which is locked at 1280x1024 and nothing but the basic bells and whistles turned on (no AA, no AF). I've seen the i7 first hand (built a friend a system using the i7 920) and using the Free 3Dmark06 software, it was somewhere around 19000 not overclocked using a single GTX260 216. Granted, my now dated Q6600 overclocked to 3.2 got me around 18000 on an HD 4850X2 but thats because of the graphics card (go figure, scoring high on a graphics test)


3Dmark06 is a GRAPHICS test. You're running a GTX280. Unless I'm mistaken (correct me if I'm wrong, I don't have the issue in question), MaxPC still uses the 8800GTX on their testbed so obviously it's going to score lower than if it was running a monster graphics card (kinda like yours)

I believe you when you say you scored what you did on that little AMD, however, you're trying to compare apples to oranges here. 3Dmark06 is an "ok" test. The numbers really don't mean much and the test itself is dated and even at the time, not exactly a viable measure of your computing power. All I can say though is don't waste your time flaunting an AMD processor coming within a hair's breadth of an i7 in a test that doesn't test CPU power. That's like saying the Cardinals almost won the Superbowl. Nope, the Cardinals lost in the Superbowl, plain and simple. We're not accepting any of this glass half-full bs!


Keith E. Whisman

You can get a fairly reliable CPU benchmark using 3dMark2006 by setting the resolution to ultra low and running it three times and calculating an average and then doing the same thing for competing systems. The lower the resolution the more the CPU works out and the less the GPU works. The benchmark turns more into a CPU benchmark than a GPU one. And this is from maximumpc magazine. So you tell me I'm wrong your telling MaximumPC is wrong.



Just read the Phenom II benches in the March 2009 Max PC mag....and
the difference between AMD's best and Intels I7 in 3DMark06 Overall is
barely over 800points.....further...PCMark Vantage overall  Intel I7
wins by only 1000 ponts.....and now itgets really AMD
5000+ B.E. gets 12093 on 3DMark06 overall  !!

....and I don't even use the latest drivers.  Also, I'm on an old M2N32SLI Deluxe mobo.  Whats all this mean?

It means Intel can't make a chip that'll put out a decent score on
3DMark06 overall....or  that XP kicks Vistas butt,coming and going. 
Either way it's pretty sad that with a 140$ mobo and a 90$ CPU I can
get 12093 on 3DMark06 and the mighty Intel I7 gets only 12,859  :/

Conclusion MS and Intel suck at making new things, be it OS's or
CPU's.....sure the I7 trounces my humble setup in office cr*p...but who
cares  lol?  Sure the I7 on Win 7 can open 27 windows at the same
time....but since I can only read one at a time.....who cares  lol? 
Btw, I can open 27 windows at same time too, but can still only READ
one at a time.  I guess all the pretty pictures must be worth spending
5-7 grand on a PC.

Now if your one of those people who thinks a computer is an A/V device get an I7.....if not don't waste your money.


Operating System:  Windows XP Pro 5.1.2600 w/SP2
Motherboard:          ASUS M2N32 SLI Deluxe, Wireless Edition
Processor:              AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (B.E.) Brisbane 2.6GHz Dual-Core (Overclocked to 3.2Ghz)
CPU Fan/Heatsink:  ZALMAN CNPS9500A 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
Memory:                CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel
Video Card:            EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 (stock)
Hard Drive #1:        WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA I
Hard Drive #2:        Seagate ST3250410AS 250GB 7200rpm SATA II

Optical Drive # 1:    LG HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner SATA
Optical Drive # 2:    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner IDE
Power Supply:         PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V
Case:                    Mid Tower (Gerneric) 5x 80mm case fans (2 front intake, 2 rear exh., 1 side exhaust)
Sound Card:           none
Monitor:                 ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" CRT Monitor

Idle temps: CPU: 26C  Motherboar: 26C  GPU: 35C (fan @ 100%)

Load Temps:  CPU: 48C  Motherboard: 27C  GPU: 52C (fan @ 100%)

Drivers: nVidia 9.35 Chipset.....nVidia 177.41 Video


Oh, almost forgot.....I can do anything twice as fast on XP, as in less clicks!


...and before anyone says my numbers aren't valid ....I got
screenshots and posts on about 12 different sites...AND I'm 24+ hour
Orthos Beta, stable....running Blend @ priority 9

The day the I7 (which can't turn out a decent 3DMark06 overall, score) beats a GPU is the day Intel goes to h*ll for lying  :/




Take efficiency, and edit out all the intelligence and what you have left is a post-XP Microsoft operating system :)



Dude, you made my day. That is definitely the funniest thing I read this week. You're awesomely hilarious. BTW you heard of the term "bottleneck"?



I still don't buy that CPU would be better in any cases than GPU on things like smoke processing and similar,

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