Gaming Performance

Arma II: Operation Arrowhead

Publisher: IDEA Games

We test this hugely demanding game at its most challenging settings, with all the detail options set to Very High and High anti-aliasing enabled. For the benchmark itself, we use a 60-second FRAPS run performed within our own custom timedemo. As the benchmark is variable due to AI inconsistencies, tests are performed three times and the average result is used.

Arma II: Operation Arrowhead (stock)

1,920 x 1,080, High settings, no AA, no AF

  • Asus Maximus V Gene
  • Intel DZ77GA-70K
  • Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H
  • ASRock Fatal1ty Professional-M
  • MSI Z77A-G43
    • 116
    • 134
    • 116
    • 134
    • 116
    • 133
    • 106
    • 120
    • 103
    • 120
0
25
50
75
100
125
150
Frames per second (fps), higher is better
  • Minimum
  • Average

Arma II: Operation Arrowhead (oc)

1,920 x 1,080, High settings, no AA, no AF

  • Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H
  • Intel DZ77GA-70K
  • Asus Maximus V Gene
  • ASRock Fatal1ty Professional-M
  • MSI Z77A-G43
    • 137
    • 154
    • 135
    • 154
    • 134
    • 154
    • 133
    • 151
    • 125
    • 144
0
25
50
75
100
125
150
Frames per second (fps), higher is better
  • Minimum
  • Average

Total War: Shogun 2

Publisher: Sega

Total War games have been making grown PCs cry ever since the original Shogun was released in 2000. The many units, model animations, AI routines and the usual physics and object collision make Shogun 2 as hard a task to run for the CPU as the graphics card.

We use the built-in CPU test, launched by right-clicking on the game in your Steam library. This stages a scripted battle, where we watch the action at a reasonably zoomed-in level. We leave the detail settings at default, though we force AA and AF off through the Nvidia driver, and record the action for 60 seconds using FRAPS.

Shogun 2: Total War CPU Test (stock)

1,920 x 1,080, default settings, no AA, no AF

  • Asus Maximus V Gene
  • Intel DZ77GA-70K
  • Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H
  • ASRock Fatal1ty Professional-M
  • MSI Z77A-G43
    • 29
    • 35
    • 29
    • 35
    • 29
    • 34
    • 26
    • 32
    • 26
    • 32
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
Frames per second (fps), higher is better
  • Minimum
  • Average

Shogun 2: Total War CPU Test (oc)

1,920 x 1,080, default settings, no AA, no AF

  • Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H
  • ASRock Fatal1ty Professional-M
  • Intel DZ77GA-70K
  • Asus Maximus V Gene
  • MSI Z77A-G43
    • 34
    • 41
    • 34
    • 40
    • 33
    • 41
    • 33
    • 40
    • 33
    • 40
0
10
20
30
40
Frames per second (fps), higher is better
  • Minimum
  • Average

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