GGPC has been busy capturing gameplay with the first arrivals from a new i9 CPU range incoming from intel \o/ We’ve started things off with a tasty new i9-7900X which boasts 10 cores and 4.3GHz Turbo Boost (4.5GHz with TB3!) but before we dive right into some games there is some more sweet hardware that’s releasing alongside the new intel CPU and it’s all looking suitably awesome, X299 motherboards have appeared in NZ already from those fine folks at Gigabyte and Asus!
For our first build we’ve used a beautiful Aorus X299 AORUS Gaming 3 motherboard in black (this one has really cool detailing on the headsinks too) and, much like the previous X99 motherboards these new X299 versions spread out the ram slots to the left and right of the CPU socket which really does help to make a build look EPIC 😛 With our test i9-7900X build we filled all the slots up with G.Skill Trident Z RGB Ram for a total of 64GB and it does indeed look epic when all the ram slots are lit up 🙂
Diving into the latest version of Minecraft 1.2 with Optifine and Sildurs Vibrant Shaders version 1.61 we were treated to some excellent performance at 4K, the quick test couldn’t have been in a better spot with the latest water effects on display as we ran around a village right beside the ocean 🙂
Jumping into a little Overwatch next we has a blast happily charging around in our new D.VA Police Skin shooting down Pharah with Mercy in tow 🙂 Our FPS never dipping below 60 even with the settings cranked to a custom epic preset with SMAA on max at 4K \o/ 13 seconds into the video I muted the sound to talk to another GGPC tester – will have update this one soon 😛
From here we jumped into a bunch of games until we finally hit one that couldn’t quite hit our 60FPS 4K target, well at least not all of the time 😛 Black Desert Online is currently featured in the massive Steam summer sale and the player base is MASSIVE right now – perfect for some really hardcore testing 🙂
Starting things off with the most popular activity in the game we began hunting for large mobs to kill so we could really test things out with lot’s of effects on screen, we tried several areas and found the heaviest zones to be the forest and giant canyons, especially the area below which was covered in a thick fog at the time of testing. We followed this up by putting even more stress on the system by turning the Ui off which activates a filter in BDO, check out the Ui Off, Farming Mobs FPS test here and Ui Off, Fighting a Giant in the Forrest test here.
The largest city in the game is known as Calpheon and it’s pretty massive, this area is notorious for reducing even the most powerful systems to low FPS but we didn’t have a bad time at all riding our horse through the town with the biggest dips happening only for a moment right in the middle at the marketplace.
Rounding off the Black Desert tests we wanted to see what performance was like with hundreds of players in the area so we headed to the smaller town of the Velia which has a popular fishing spot, it didn’t disappoint with so many players loading them happened in chunks!
Blown away by the performance of this “not really intended for gaming but pretty darn good at it i9 CPU” we decided to fire up the latest Final Fantasy Stormblood benchmark to do some side by side tests with the i9-7900X and another new CPU that’s coming out for the same new X299 platform – an i7-7740X which, with the higher clock speed is geared more towards this highest end gaming category 🙂
This awesome Final Fantasy Stormblood benchmark is free to download here so you can try it out on your system at home and compare your scores with ours.
With the Final Fantasy benchmarks we’ve kitted both systems out with an identical config that uses just a single 8GB stick of ram, this is because while the i9 can happily rock around with the 64GB config we used in the tests above the i7-7740X has a 32GB limit.
Pretty cool right! Even though we loved every minute gaming with the i9 our little i7 outperformed it by a decent margin in our benchmark tests – we can’t wait to try this one out with even more games 🙂