For many years, PC Games Hardware has been testing games with real in-game scenes, which are extensively validated and documented. This article contains all the current instructions for our processor benchmarks, including videos of the scenes so that you can test your CPU at home and compare it to our values. New game tests are necessary once a year because the gaming world is subject to constant change. This article is exclusively about the topic “How to bench”, i.e. the settings and the implementation of the brand new PCGH processor benchmarks for 2022/23. We enable you to understand and set the benchmarks on your private PC. All determined values are valid for about a year – until a completely new index is due in 2023/24. However, we randomly check individual values. If these deviate too much from the initial value, the CPU is measured again. Old benchmarks are therefore not necessarily comparable to new benchmarks, even if they contain the same scene in the same game. We create the FAQ for reasons of transparency and allow constructive criticism, but please note that this benchmark course has been carved in stone for several months and can no longer be adjusted. We offer you the opportunity to participate in the form of community benchmarks.
Processor Benchmark FAQ 2023: How to run our benchmarks
We usually test using game saves we have created ourselves, which we are happy to make available for download – that is, for the games where this is possible. Many modern titles contain online components, which are also recorded in the savegames. This results in an account binding for the respective games, so that you inevitably have to play with your account in the appropriate places. So that this works without any problems, we have prepared videos of the test scenes and where to find them. Don’t worry, in many cases we use challenging early game sequences for exactly this reason, so that it doesn’t take hours of the first leg (but not always!). We have put together a savegame package that you can use for testing for all games where the savegame can be copied without any problems. The respective path under which the files must be stored is stored. For games where this is not possible, you will also find information in the download directory.
On the Geforce benchmarks side, we use the powerful PNY RTX 4090 EPIC-X. This means that a GPU limit is almost impossible. A corresponding AMD counterpart is currently being planned. Source: PCGH
2023 Processor Benchmark FAQ: The Basics
You need a benchmark tool like CapFrameX or OCAT to find out the fps rates. We use the latest chipsets and I/O hubs from AMD and Intel to determine the data and guarantee a CPU limit that includes compliance with the manufacturer’s specifications. The following programs from PCGH are used to determine, evaluate and monitor the data: CapFrameX, MSI Afterburner, Riva Tuner Statistics Server, Hwinfo x64, Elmorlabs EVC2 and Microsoft Excel 365. The numbers usually accompany the analysis by the graphics drivers from AMD and Nvidia , We reserve the right to make exceptions. All results are intended as guide values for a CPU limit and were created on the premise that other limits were deliberately excluded. If you want to compare our benchmarks 1:1, then you have to adjust them 1:1. That’s sometimes easier said than done, as many games offer tons of graphics options. If in doubt, reset the detailed settings and then set them as shown in the following instructions and video. We use the energy-saving profile “Balanced” for all tests and disable AF in the driver. The most important driver setting is, of course, disabling V-Sync. The CPU Games Index includes titles that place above-average demands on the GPU, even though we minimized the resolution and other effects. We point this out in detail. In general, you should be aware that you have to use an extremely powerful graphics card in order not to hit a GPU limit. This would falsify the numbers of the tested CPUs.