Legit Processor Reviews
Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Processor Review
|Date:||Thu, Feb 02, 2012 - 10:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
The events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat unfold shortly after the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl following the ending in which Strelok destroys the C-Consciousness. Having discovered the open path to the Zone's center, the government decides to stage a large-scale operation to take control of the Chernobyl nuclear plant.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat utilizes the XRAY 1.6 Engine, allowing advanced modern graphical features through the use of DirectX 11 to be fully integrated; one outstanding feature being the inclusion of real-time GPU tessellation. Regions and maps feature photo realistic scenes of the region it is made to represent. There is also extensive support for older versions of DirectX, meaning that Call of Pripyat is also compatible with older DirectX 8, 9, 10 and 10.1 graphics cards.
The game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: CoP has no internal benchmarking tools built into the game engine, but they do have a standalone benchmark available that we used for our testing purposes. The screen capture above shows the main window of the benchmark with our settings. Notice we are running Enhanced Full Dynamic Lighting "DX11" as our renderer. Under the advanced settings we enabled tessellation, MSAA and Screen Space Ambient Occlusion.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat looks to only be threaded for one CPU core as you can see from the Windows Task Manager screen capture that was done during a benchmark run.
Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat doesn't exactly scale well across multiple cores and with the image quality increased it appears that the GPU is the bottleneck.
Next Page - Total System Power Consumption
Page 1 - The $285 Sandy Bridge-E Processor
Page 2 - The Test Systems
Page 3 - SiSoftware Sandra 2011 SP5
Page 4 - x264 HD Encoding
Page 5 - CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5
Page 6 - Handbrake
Page 7 - POV-Ray 3.7 RC3
Page 8 - Cinebench R11.5
Page 9 - PCMark 7
Page 10 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 11 - Resident Evil 5
Page 12 - H.A.W.X. 2 Benchmark
Page 13 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Page 14 - Total System Power Consumption
Page 15 - Intel Core i7-3820 CPU Overclocking
Page 16 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions