The Ultimate CPU Gaming Benchmark Showdown 2014: Intel ‘Devil’s Canyon’ Vs AMD Vs Your Wallet

The Ultimate CPU Gaming Benchmark Showdown 2014: Intel ‘Devil’s Canyon’ Vs AMD Vs Your Wallet

Now that Intel’s Haswell Refresh and Devils Canyon are out its time once
again for another iteration of an all out round between Intel and AMD
processors in terms of Gaming Performance. Basically these aggregated
benchmarks are all about which CPU is the best for gaming. The
benchmarks were provided to us by udteam.tistory.

Intel Vs AMD Benchmarks – What is The Best Gaming CPU Money can Buy?

The Intel CPUs used in this test are Haswell Refresh, Devil’s Canyon
and even Ivy Bridge-E (since Haswell-E isn’t out yet), i.e. the latest
generation of Intel available on the market today. From the AMD side of
things, the Vishera, Kaveri, Richland and Kabini families were used. The
test bench specifications are as follows:

  • RAM: Samsung DDR3 PC3-10600 4GBx2 (Dual Channel) @ 1600Mhz – 2100 Mhz (Varying)
  • GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
  • HDD: Western Digital 1 TB
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Drivers AMD: Catalyst Suite 14.4 Beta
  • Drivers Nvidia: 337.5 Beta Drivers

For the benchmarks, multiple games including but not limited to the
Crysis Series, Metro, Tomb Raider and Batman Arkham were used as well as
synthetic benchmarks such as 3D Mark11 and 3D Mark 2013. The results
were then aggregated into one relative price-performance graph. All
processors are operating on stock clocks with no overclocking or
overvolting. Finally without any further ado here is the aggregated
benchmark:

Benchmarks CPU Gaming Showdown 2014

Not
surprisingly the Devil’s Canyon flagship Core i7-4790K takes the
performance/price crown. This is because games cant really utilize the
increasing cores and threads that Ivy Bridge-E has to offer and it comes
down to a clock for clock basis and the 4790K with its higher clocks
can keep up with the Ivy Bridge-E series while remaining out of its
price class. The results are this:

  • The Best Gaming CPU : Intel’s Core i7-4790k
  • Mid End Gaming CPU (Recommended for Budget Gamers): Intel’s Core i3-4360
  • Entry Level Gaming CPU: AMD FX 8300 / 6300
  • Low End Gaming CPU: Intel Pentium G3240 / G1850

Ofcourse, this benchmark is only considering the latest generation of
Intel’s Processors. I imagine if you were to bring in ol’ Ivy and Sandy
to play the benchmarks would get much more interesting. The fact of the
matter is that for most Non – SLI / Crossfire rigs, you don’t need a
lot of CPU Horsepower, especially since modern APIs are now targeting
CPU overhead. The performance increase of CPUs per generation is
relatively stagnant as compared to the energetic exponential increase
seen in GPU technology so you will have to wait a couple of generations
before classics such as the i5-2500k even begin to show signs of poor
performance.

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