|AMD Athlon II X2 250 AM3 Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Mathew Williams|
|Tuesday, 02 June 2009|
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Devil May Cry 4 Gaming
Devil May Cry 4 is one of the newest additions to Benchmark Reviews' testing suite. Fortunately for us, Capcom recognized the community's interest in hardware testing and included a built in benchmarking tool with this game. In fact, it is even included it in the demo. The benchmarking tool runs through four different scene, all of which I highly recommend watching. However, for the purposes of our review, we only report the scores of the most challenging tests: scenes 2 and 4.
Similar to the Crysis gaming benchmarks, we will start testing DMC 4 at lower settings to reduce the impact of GPU limitations. From there, we'll slowly increase resolution and quality settings until we reach the limit of our HD 4870.
The results of our DMC4 benchmark mirror what we saw with Crysis, but with one exception: in the second test run, the Athlon II X2 250 takes up first place, even among the quad-cores. This behavior seems fairly common of this benchmark though. Under these settings, the frames per second tend fluctuate within about 2-3%. To help combat this, we find the average of several benchmarking runs, but there is still some degree of error. Looking at the overall results, I'd say the X2 250 lies somewhere between the X2 7850 and the Intel E7400.
Scene 4 of the DMC4 benchmark appears a bit more consistent. Once again, the Athlon II X2 250 falls between the Intel E7400 and the Athlon X2 7850. However, at these settings and frame rates, any of these processors would do. For more demanding games, though I'd recommend the X2 7850 as the bare minimum to pair with an HD 4870. Otherwise, you risk having a processor-limited system that cannot fully utilize the video card.