Core i7 vs. Penryn vs. Phenom II with HD 4870-X2 & TriFire
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. is an air combat video game developed by Ubisoft Romania and published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It was released in United States on March 6, 2009. You have the opportunity to fly 54 aircraft over real world locations and cities in somewhat realistic environments that are created with satellite data. This game is a more of a take on flying than a real simulation and it has received mixed reviews.
The game story takes place during the time of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. H.A.W.X. is set in the year 2014 where private military companies have replaced government-run military in many countries. The player is placed into the cockpit as an elite ex-military pilot who is recruited by one of these corporations to work for them as a mercenary. You later return to the US Air Force with a team as you try to prevent a full scale terrorist attack on the United States which was started by your former employer.
H.A.W.X. runs on DX10.1 faster and with more detail than on the DX10 pathway. ATI video cards can take advantage of DX10.1 while our GTX 280 is necessarily restricted to the DX10 pathway.
H.A.W.X. is our newest benchmark. Here are our results at 1920×1200 resolution:
Let’s see what testing at 1680×1050 shows.
Again we see some rather interesting results with H.A.W.X. With the HD 4870-X2, the Phenom II 550 X2 falls behind X3 and X4 and Core i7 beats up on Penryn. We note good scaling with CPU speeds and the number of cores do matter – although all of our configurations have no problem with this game.