CPU Performance

You'll want a solid CPU for Homeworld Remastered. Interestingly, the LGA2011 processors with their many threads and big caches provide the best results. The Core i3 and Core i5 processors provided strong performance which was comparable to the Core i7-4770K.

I was about to type 'shockingly, the AMD FX-9590 was slower than the Core i3-4130' but it's not as shocking as it seems since we have seen this before in new AAA titles. What is shocking is the fact that the Pentium G3220 beat the FX-8350 by a single frame.

At peak load both G3220 cores hit 100% for a brief second but for most of the benchmark they were under a lot less load for an average of just 75%. While the game developer might call for a quad-core, it seems even in the most intense battles a decent dual-core will do.

Given Intel's superior core efficiency and the fact that the game seems to only really need dual cores, this is likely the reason why the G3220 is able to school AMD's FX range.

Non-CPU intensive games such as Evolve typically show almost no difference in performance between a Core i7 clocked at 2.5GHz and 4.5GHz. Homeworld Remastered is clearly a CPU intensive game, but it really only uses two cores heavily. For this reason the Core i7-4770K saw massive performance gains every 500MHz and the climb from 2.5GHz to 4.5GHz yielded 62% more performance, which isn't far off the 80% increase in clock speed.

The AMD FX-8350 also benefited from a boost in clock speed, though at 4.5GHz it was only able to beat the Core i7-4770K clocked at 2.5GHz by just 2fps.