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Can you, list which games are "heavily CPU-based", "heavily GPU-based", or both?

NugieDX

56 months ago

Hello guys. I heard that some games are "heavily CPU-based" that even when I use those "top-tiers" video card (like R9 290 or above), that games won't play well. One of those games I particularly heard is Arma 2 (and its derivative DayZ) and Arma series overall, cmiiw. So, can you guys tell me which games are more "heavily CPU-based"? And, since there are "heavily CPU-based" games, I wonder perhaps there are also "heavily GPU-based" games? Or both? Thank you for your help. edit: how to write a new line?

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  • 56 months ago
  • 5 points

Generally-speaking, if the game seems like it has a lot going on "behind the scenes" (complex AI, lots of physics calculations, very large amounts of interrelated data, etc.) then it is likely to be CPU-intensive in some way or another (single or multithreaded).

If a game seems like it presents a very sophisticated graphical representation, even when the things it represents may actually be very simple (for example, a beach covered in dense foliage has a lot of detail to show, but everything is basically static or following a set animation path, so there's not a lot of complexity to the actual building blocks of the beach scene themselves), or if there's a lot of particle/visual effects (god rays, explosions that aren't just prerecorded animations, aggressive anisotropic filtering, etc.) then the game is much more likely to be GPU-intensive (most of the calculations being done in the game are being done on the GPU rather than the CPU).

Examples of CPU-bound games:

  • Civilization V
  • Minecraft
  • Assassin's Creed: Black Flag
  • Planetside 2
  • Counter Strike: Global Operations
  • Dungeons of Dredmor
  • Total War: Rome II

Examples of GPU-bound games:

  • Crysis 3 (though it also leans heavily on the CPU)
  • Metro: Last Light
  • Evolve
  • Witcher 3 (somewhat CPU-bound in certain cases)
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Borderlands 2
  • Hard Reset
  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't forget City Skylines for CPU bound, that game really can eat it if you have a very large city.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it? Good to know. Single thread, 2 thread, 4 thread...?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it? Good to know.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Its global offensive isn't it ? As an avid cs go player...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You are right. I am NOT an avid player :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

So, it seems that strategy games are (very likely) CPU-bound while FPS is more GPU-bound.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a fairly accurate generalization, as generalizations go.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Minecraft, DayZ, the ARMA series and any Java game are pretty bad CPU hogs in my experience

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

GTA 5 is also worth mentioning as it's VERY CPU heavy. The battlefield games are also pretty CPU heavy, but not quite as much.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Most games I've found are Simulation games they can be cpu hogs.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Those commas are killing me...

Also, to write a new line simply hit [Enter] or [Return] twice. For a single line, hit [Space] [Space] [Space] [Enter] or [Return].

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

What?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thought it was about my post :-/

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops, did I reply to your comment? If so, I'm sorry. I was just answering the edit in the OP.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought that was to me sorry I read you're post wrong.

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

Thank you,
but isn't Enter the same with Return?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It sure is. =) ...Some older keyboards don't say "Enter," though.

  • 56 months ago
  • -1 points

CPU games seem to be more fun because Gameplay>Graphics

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