|AMD Athlon-II X2-255 CPU ADX255OCGQBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Monday, 29 March 2010|
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Video Game Benchmarks
PC-based video games can depend heavily on the CPU if the attached GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is less powerful, or the graphics settings are configured so low that they create no strain on the video card and rely purely system processing speed; a phenomenon known as CPU-dependence. The opposite is true when the video game has a powerful video card installed, and can handle all graphical demands without receiving assistance from the CPU. Since it is unlikely that someone spending enough money to buy a top-of-the-line graphics card would settle for the Athlon-II X2-255 as their gaming processor, we have decided to use the on-board video solutions provided with many entry level motherboards for these gaming tests. The Street Fighter 5 gaming benchmark is among the newest additions to Benchmark Reviews' testing suite. As multi-threaded gaming tests, these will stress our components sufficiently enough that we should be able to see just how well the Athlon-II X2-255 performs in a modern gaming environment.
For the Gaming Benchmarks we have limited our test bench to just the Athlon-II X2-255 and the Intel Dual Core E5300 platforms. The Core 2 Duo platform uses a 9800GTX+ video card which is likely to skew the results dramatically. The Athlon-II X2-255 is paired with a Radeon HD 4200 on-board GPU, which should be much more comparable to the GMA4500 GPU used by the Dual Core system. Neither of these GPUs represent gaming hardware, as the results will show.
Built upon an advanced version of Capcom's proprietary MT Framework game engine to deliver DirectX 10 graphic detail, Resident Evil 5 offers gamers non-stop action similar to Devil May Cry 4, Lost Planet, and Dead Rising. The MT Framework is an exclusive seventh generation game engine built to be used with games developed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and PC ports. MT stands for "Multi-Thread", "Meta Tools" and "Multi-Target". Games using the MT Framework are originally developed on the PC and then ported to the other two console platforms.
On the PC version of Resident Evil 5, both DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 modes are available for Microsoft Windows XP and Vista Operating Systems. Microsoft Windows 7 will play Resident Evil with backwards compatible Direct3D APIs. Resident Evil 5 is branded with the NVIDIA The Way It's Meant to be Played (TWIMTBP) logo, and receives NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision functionality enhancements. NVIDIA and Capcom offer the Resident Evil 5 benchmark demo for free download from their website, and Benchmark Reviews encourages visitors to compare their own results to ours.
Regardless of processing power, with the on-board graphics, neither of these CPUs can give us playable frame rates in Resident Evil 5. The tests were completed with the lowest settings possible at the most likely gaming resolution of 1280x1024. In order to play the game, you will need to invest in a discrete GPU.
The results from the Street Fighter 5 benchmark are consistent with the Resident Evil 5 benchmark scores. Neither the Athlon-II X2-255 nor the Dual Core E5300 can muster enough frame rates to play the game without trouble. We are not surprised by the results of the gaming tests. In both cases, the Athlon-II X2-255 platform slightly outperforms the Intel Dual Core platform. This may have a lot to do with the performance of the Radeon HD 4200 over the GMA4500 as well. In any event, paired with a better video card, it is highly likely that the Athlon-II X2-255 would be a viable solution for playing either of these two modern games. You will just have to spend a bit more to get there.