System Testing & Gaming
We are going to start our overall system testing with Futuremark’s latest release, PCMark 8. This includes many different tests, but we will be running the Home, Work and Creative benchmarks.
Up next we have PCMark 7. We will be concentrating on the overall score, Productivity, Creativity and Computation tests.
Many people wonder if Haswell will provide a better gaming experience. Gaming performance is normally more related to your video card, but we did run some tests to see if there was any change in performance. First up is 3DMark’s Fire Strike benchmark.
Next we have 3DMark 11, we ran it on the “Performance” setting.
Finally we used Fraps to benchmark a scene in Battlefield 3. The resolution was set at 1920 x 1080 at Ultra settings.
As you can see Haswell does not provide a large increase in performance when it comes to gaming.