Intel Releases 1,831 FPS Scores Comparing Performance of Arc GPU and Core CPU Combinations in Popular Games, including NVIDIA GPUs

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Intel has released a lengthy Excel sheet with over 1,800 FPS scores, offering a glimpse at the kind of frame rates that users should be able to attain in some of today’s most popular games under different Arc GPU (e.g., the A750) and Core CPU (e.g., the Core i9-13900K) combinations. NVIDIA GPUs were also tested, including the GeForce RTX 3060 (12 GB) and GeForce RTX 4090. Intel shared the numbers as part of an effort to determine what kind of builds offer the maximum value, with optimized performance.

From an Intel Arc post:

With more than a few CPUs on hand, we set out to uncover the best GPU/CPU pairing for gaming. We compared a mighty Core i9-13900K to several 12th and 13th Gen Core i5 and i7 processors in over 50 games, and yup, it’s a truckload of data. Multiple runs per game, nine different GPUs, and two resolutions made over 15,000 test runs totaling over 22 GB of data. Want to comb through some of that yourself? We’ve included our summarized data Excel sheet at the bottom of this blog.

What we found is GPU performance can be limited by a CPU, of course — up to a certain point. That point varies with every graphics card. A smaller Intel Arc A380 finds that point of diminishing returns earlier in Intel’s CPU product stack and pairs best with a Core i3 or i5. On the opposite end of the spectrum, an unconstrained GPU’s performance doesn’t stop increasing even with an i9 — we used a 450-watt Nvidia RTX 4090 for this in our testing. In the largest segment of the market, the Intel Arc A750 and A770 GPUs usually hit peak performance with a Core i5 or i7 CPU from the 12th and 13th generations.

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