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Synthetic 3D Performance

FurMark shows that all the tested processors are able to max out the GeForce GTX 285 graphics card at 1024x768. The minimum frame rate, which is more dependent on the CPU, shows the Core i5 750 delivering average performance as it was slower than both the Core 2 Quad Q9650 and Phenom II X4 965 by quite a margin.

This could be due in part to the Core i5 750 being the slowest clocked processor tested, as the Core i7 920 also suffered from the same lackluster performance.

The Unigine Engine tests are clearly GPU oriented, as the processor makes little difference in the Sanctuary and Tropics tests. For example, overclocking the Intel Core i5 750 processor from 2.66GHz to 4.13GHz merely reflected on the Sanctuary test scores.

The SPECviewperf tests are more CPU dependent, and while the Core i5 750 was slightly slower than the Core 2 Quad Q9650 for the 3dsMax test, it was significantly faster when testing with Maya. In fact, the Core i5 750 was successively reported to be a little bit faster than the Core i7 920 processor in the Maya test.