Video Perspective: AMD A8-3850 vs Core i3-2105 on Modern Warfare 3

Subject: Graphics Cards, Processors | November 21, 2011 - 10:00 PM |
Tagged: video, sandy bridge, mw3, modern warfare 3, Intel, APU, amd

There is little denying that Call of Duty: Modern Warfar 3 is a success; I think it sold like 19 billion copies on the first night.  Something like that.  So, as we have done quite a bit in recent months, we wanted to see how our processor-graphics based solutions compared to each other in the title.  We recently took a look at how Battlefield 3 performed and we had a lot of great feedback on that post - so let's try this again!  

Luckily for gamers (or not, depending on your point of view), MW3 is pretty light on graphics hardware.  We did our testing at 1920x1080 with the following quality settings:

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With 2x anti-aliasing enabled and most quality settings turned up to their highest options, the game still looked pretty good during our testing.  No, it's no Battlefield 3, but very few titles are.

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Both systems come in with a total cost of about $450 with the Core i3-2105 and A8-3850 at the center of each configuration. 

As you might guess, the integrated graphics on the AMD Llano APU outperforms the Sandy Bridge graphics, but by how much?  Check out the video for all the details!

November 21, 2011 | 10:50 PM - Posted by Dr_Rob (not verified)

Not really surprising since you had shown the AMD to have better graphics. And really a true quad vs a dual core correct ?

November 21, 2011 | 11:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why set the image quality to high. Set it to native to get full res textures. High is just upscaled 720p compressed textures.

November 22, 2011 | 07:43 AM - Posted by HyperMinimalism (not verified)

It appears to me the review is actually pointing out the fact that an AMD A8-3850 outclasses the XBOX 360 or PS3 with this game. Considering both of the latter platforms are nill on the ant-aliasing, and the AMD system includes a full fledged PC with a 1TB HD, it seems hard to believe that the industry is trying to push for a 10 year cycle with consoles. For those counting: that is at least two to three more years of continued innovation with the PC before we will see the light of day on the next gen console.

March 10, 2012 | 11:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

the consoleitis does have 2x anti aliasing but only 648p.

November 22, 2011 | 07:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Very nice. It's rare to see reviews as such that are unbiased: Your use of hard data sold me. I had been wondering which would be better for my next purchase, and now I know for sure.

November 22, 2011 | 09:59 AM - Posted by godrilla (not verified)

I think this is based on the old A8 apu and not trinity APU launching soon which is claimed to be up to 25% faster than previous A8APU, if so the the gap will be even wider! but then there is ivybridge.

November 22, 2011 | 10:17 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Correct, Ivy Bridge will be in Q2 next year more than likely and Trinity may launch at CES.

November 23, 2011 | 02:08 AM - Posted by aeon (not verified)

Im curious if you spent an extra few bucks on each platform and put the i3-2125 (the one with the Intel HD3k gpu), head to head with the a8-3850 + DDR3-2000+, what the results would be.

November 23, 2011 | 10:30 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The i3 2105 has the HD 3000. The Radeon HD 6550D whould still perform better.

November 24, 2011 | 08:09 PM - Posted by Lolimaster (not verified)

It doesn't matter if its SB,IB or Haswell IGP, they would still be a lot slower than Llano IGP. And by 2013 AMD High End APU should be twice the performance of Llano.

August 3, 2014 | 02:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

call of duty is awesome game i cannot wait for the next one

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