Intel Core i7 860 LGA 1156 Processor Review

Testing – Gaming

Though it has been out well over a year, I still find Crysis the best benchmark for gaming systems.  I don’t know of any game that puts so much stress on the CPU and memory, and still is very VGA intensive.  It will find those system instabilities not found by Prime95, Sandra Burn-in, and the Futuremark series, especially in memory.  It is my favorite utility for testing overclocks.  I used the Crysis Benchmark Test by Boris Vergiza, settings were:  CPU Benchmark, DX10, High, AA x 2, 1280 x 1024.


I suspect that a large part of the i7 920’s score was the effect of the triple channel memory.

PT Boats:  Knights of the Sea:
PT Boats prefers a strong CPU and powerful video card.  It has some tough camera angle changes that really affect the low FPS scores.  I used the standalone performance test, settings were High, AA x 2, 1280 x 1024.


Call of Juarez:
Call of Juarez requires a strong system for any kind of decent frame rate.  I used the standalone demo benchmark, settings were:  High, AA x 2, 1280 x 1024.