PC Games Hardware tested the performance of 25 processors in Dawn of War II and checks which CPU is most suitable for the Warhammer 40k RTS game.
Warhammer 40k - Dawn of War II: Introduction
Warhammer 4k - Dawn of War II: Performance check with 25 CPUs [Source: view picture gallery]
Dawn of War II is a fast-paced conversion of the original tabletop game. The visualization is very good and special effects like muzzle flashes, huge explosions or lots of particle effects are really worth seeing. Regardless of the nice graphics Warhammer 40k Dawn of War II is nevertheless running on older systems, too, even at high settings. Warhammer 40k - Dawn of War II: CPU Benchmarks
Our tests in the first mission of the game are no worst-case scenario as we usually use them for our benchmarks, but the clash between about three dozen Greenskins and handful of Blood Ravens is the only option to receive comparable results because you can't save freely at Dawn of War II. Relic's recommendation - an Athlon 64 X2 4400+ or any Core 2 Duo - is nevertheless a good indicator if you don't need more than 15 fps in intensive battles.
As you can see in the chart below even an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ are enough to keep the framerate above 20 fps. Dawn of War II is running quite acceptable with a single-core CPU but there are lags every now and then. If you enter a intense battle, the micros management of your units becomes Russian Roulette more or less. A quad-core CPU - depending on the frequency - can beat dual-core version with the same clock speeds by about 10 to 15 percent; three cores are about as fast.
Dawn of War II receives a comparatively high benefit from additional L3 cache. A Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 for example is about 10 percent faster than the Intel Core 2 Duo E6850. AMD's Phenom CPUs are doing quite well in the benchmark and the Phenom II X4 940 places itself slightly behind Intel's QX9650. The Athlon X2 7750 with its Agena core is on the E8200's heels. Unsurprisingly the test field is dominated by the Core i7: A Bloomfield is about 20 percent faster than a Yorkfield with the same clock speeds; even the i7-920 beats the QX9650. The i7-940 is so fast that it even beats a 3.6 GHz QX9770.
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