Breaking out the XFX Radeon HD 6950 for some dedicated graphics card testing we can see a difference between the platforms, though perhaps not as much as one would think. The MSI A75MA-G55 was able to average 71.37 frames per second at 1280×1024 while the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Intel “Sandy Bridge” system was only 4.5 frames per second faster. At 1920×1080 the differences between the systems shrunk to almost nothing. The MSI A75MA-G55 was able to average 57.86 frames per second while the Sandy Bridge system and the ASUS F1A75-M Pro averaged 58.04 and 57.71 frames per second, respectively.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat shows us a very similar pattern to what we saw above in Total War: Shogun 2. At 1280×1024 we can see a solid difference between the Intel Sandy Bridge systems and the AMD APU “Llano” systems. Once we increase the resolution to 1920×1080 the differences begin to minimize. At 1280×1024 the Sandy Bridge system was able to average 106.4 frames per second and the MSI A75MA-G55 averaged 95 frames per second, which is a 12% difference. Once we increase the resolution to 1920×1080 the Intel system was able to average 74.5 frames per second while the MSI A75MA-G55 was able to average 70.9 frames per second, which is a margin of only 5.1% compared to the 12% we saw at 1280×1024.
Aliens Vs. Predator shows very little performance difference in our systems. At 1280×1024 there is only .5 frames per second difference between the platforms, with the Intel Sandy bridge system edging out our AMD APU systems. At 1920×1080 there is a .6 frame per second difference. The ASUS P8Z68-V Pro took the lead with 41.3 frames per second, while the MSI A75MA-G55 averaged 40.7 frames per second for a difference of 1.5%.