Intel Core i3 530 and i3 540

Intel Core i3 530 and i3 540

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Gaming Tests

And finally some gaming benchmarks, the favorite review page for all gamers. Five popular and new titles are chosen to represent every game genre. Crysis and Modern Warfare for FPS gamers, Resident Evil 5 for adventure gamers, GTR Evolution and DiRT 2 for races and Dawn of War 2 for those who like to play RTS genre games.

In-game quality details for all resolutions are set to following:
  • Crysis v1.2 in-game benchmark: DX10, medium details preset
  • Modern Warfare II: high details
  • Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II: high details preset
  • DiRT2: DX11, medium details preset
  • GTR Race ON: maximum details, Level 1 AA
  • Resident Evil 5 benchmark - DX10, medium details
Gaming performance wise Core i3 540 and 540 do as expected but they don't really blow away the competition as many would expect. Remember, Core i3's are dual core processors with Hyper Threading aid that doesn't work so great in most games, so they lose ground from most quad core processors in multi threaded games. In those that use one or two cores, Core i3 models lack the Turbo Boost that helps a lot in single threaded games. As result both Core i3 530 and 540 stay somewhere in the middle of the charts managing to beat its competition, but just barely.

Crysis Warhead v1.2 64bit



Modern Warfare 2



Warhammer II v1.5



DiRT2



GTR Race ON!



Resident Evil 5 benchmark

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