Intel K Series Processors
Published: 7th June 2010 | Source: Intel | Price: £199 - £309 |
3D Mark Vantage
Finally before we get to some gaming, we'll see how Vantage copes. As a benchmark that doesn't really reward insane CPU scores as much as it does having enough grunt to power the graphics, our results aren't a huge surprise.
CPU scores definitely follow the core+speed pattern. However the P Score gives a slight double take. Stock the 875K is lagging behind both the 930 and the 870. Even overclocked so heavily it only just keeps up. However we know not to trust Vantage totally, so do the gaming results continue this?
We've often stated in previous reviews how, by virtue of its console origins, Dirt 2 gives good results on almost any setup. As consoles don't have quad cores then the pretty identical results across the board aren't as much of a shock as they might otherwise be. Sure there is a frame here or there, but only the stock 875K gets dangerously close to underneath the 60FPS mark.
Warhead is designed for PCs and so takes advantage of every MHz it can get its hands on. The minimum FPS is of less concern as there aren't major drops and even with consistent runs you can have some variance. When it comes to average rates we once again see that although the 875K gives brilliant results in synthetic benchmarks, it doesn't do as well in real tests.
Once again the 655K shines brighter than it has any right to.