Multi-tasked Gaming – FEAR
Under our multi-tasked gaming scenarios we run our MP3 and WME9 encoding tests in the background while also gaming. This puts an enormous burden on the CPU, particularly at lower resolutions, and thus performance drops significantly for the dual-core CPUs and the quad-core CPUs really begin to shine. Under this scenario in F.E.A.R. the Q6600 delivered nearly double the performance of its dual-core sibling the E6600 at 800x600. Under the greater demands of 1600x1200 with 4xAA/8xAF however the graphics card begins to bottleneck the quad-core CPUs even under this usage scenario and the margin separating the two CPUs narrows to just 17%.