Core i7 vs. Penryn vs. Phenom II with HD 4870-X2 & TriFire

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.

HAWX thumb Core i7 vs. Penryn vs. Phenom II with HD 4870 X2 & TriFire

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:

HAWX 19 X2 Core i7 vs. Penryn vs. Phenom II with HD 4870 X2 & TriFireHAWX 19 X3 Core i7 vs. Penryn vs. Phenom II with HD 4870 X2 & TriFire

Let’s see what testing at 1680×1050 shows.

HAWX 16 X2 Core i7 vs. Penryn vs. Phenom II with HD 4870 X2 & TriFireHAWX 16 X3 Core i7 vs. Penryn vs. Phenom II with HD 4870 X2 & TriFire

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.


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4 Responses

  1. Ryan says:

    Nice thorough testing. I think you should consider adding some GTA4 benchmarks to either this or future testing.

  2. apoppin says:

    Thank-you. Perhaps in future I will add GTA4.

    I have switched from Vista 64 to Win 7 64 and I am definitely adding a few new game benchmarks to my benchmarking suite after I am done with my CES articles. The only one that is certain AtM is L4D to replace Lost Coast.

  3. Ryan says:

    Oh yeh for your charts you also have the 720 listed for all the AMD processors, when I’m sure you meant to say the 550 and 955. I mean I was able to figure out which is which by the X2, X3, and X4, but others might not.

  4. apoppin says:

    You’re right and thank-you for pointing it out. It is somewhat funny that we all missed it, if quite embarrassing to me.

    As soon as I catch up with my other articles on CES and GF-100 Fermi, I will redo those charts. I had a lot of trouble with the site and HTML errors and after they were fixed, this article got really hurried up for publication so as to be published before I left for CES.

    The Phenom II CPUs are always in the same order (as determined by X2, X3, and X4):

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