Gaming Performance

Unreal Tournament 3 was tested at two different resolutions, though as we have seen time and time again at 1920x1200 you are almost certainly guaranteed to be GPU limited rather than CPU limited. At 1024x768 we did see a 10fps difference between the Phenom II X4 965 and the Core i7 920, a margin which favored the Intel processor.

In Street Fighter IV, frame rates were locked at around 166-167fps when using a 1920x1200 resolution, while at 1024x768 the Intel Core i7 920 managed to outperform AMD's Phenom by an 11fps margin.

Far Cry 2 is a game that we have always known for being quite demanding on the CPU, which is unusual for a first person shooter. This time at 1920x1200 there is 8fps separating the Phenom II X4 965 and Core i7 920 processors, while a 12fps margin can be seen at 1024x768.

Although the Core i5 750 processor was just 1fps faster than the Phenom II X4 965 at 1920x1200, it got away to a 9fps lead at 1024x768.