Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 680 tested with 10 CPUs

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Max Payne 3

And lastly Max Payne 3. In Full HD with Very High you can get more than 80 fps with a GTX 680, and with a Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition even 95 fps.

With any of the AMD processors both graphics cards at the very least get close to the maximum possible score. With the A6-5400K we got 75 fps with the GTX 680 and 90 fps for the Radeon HD 7970. That's about 6 fps under the high score, with very little CPU scaling.

It's a different story with the Intel processors. Both graphics cards are 20 fps below their potential when they're combined with a Pentium G860. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 already gets close to its maximum score with the Core i3. The AMD Radeon HD 7970 needs at least a Core i5, but that's because it's capable of higher frame rates.

It probably won't surprise anyone, but in 5760x1080 there is no CPU scaling. Then again, a single graphics card isn't really powerful enough to play this game with maximum settings. When you add a second card we expect that you will need one of the faster CPUs to get significantly higher frame rates.

1920x1080 - Very High 2x AA

5760x1080 - Very High 2x AA

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