Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge
DiRT 3 is the latest in the popular rally racing series that utilizes an updated version of Codemasters’ own Ego engine. This DX11 engine displays some gorgeous lighting and ambient effects, reflections, and physics with stunning backdrops. Driving through the countryside can be taxing on a system, and higher frame rates are needed to keep the car responsive when quick reaction times are needed. Here we crank up the image quality to highest settings available.
Nominal differences in DiRT 3 between Ivy and Sandy, though the latter is slightly ahead.
Battlefield 3 is the spiritual sequel to the vaunted BF2 first person shooter, with large combat maps with a range of vehicles and infantry classes. BF3 features the powerful Frostbite 2 DirectX 11 engine which allows for enhanced destructible environments, advanced physics, and “realtime” radiosity. We crank up the image quality settings to Ultra and run through a typical fighting sequence, which can be very tough on graphics cards.
Performance in BF3 is equal with both 3770K and 2600K, though Sandy Bridge does nudge ahead.
Aliens vs Predator
Aliens vs Predator is a first person shooter based on the popular respective movies. You have the ability to play as each species of human, Alien, and Predator, each with their respective strengths and weaknesses. that contains many survival horror elements. From developer Rebellion, the game features DX11, and can heavily rely on tessellation, which is particularly useful when running interior visuals of natural landscapes and caves.
There is no practical advantage here, though Ivy Bridge does come out very slightly ahead in terms of actual numbers in this game title.