Grid 2, being based on an older graphics engine, exhibits framerates that are sky high on just about any modern system. In order to bring the Grid 2 results more in line with the other games tested for this analysis, we ran Grid 2 at a more taxing 2560 x 1440 resolution. All other games were run at 1920 x 1080, but as you'll see, Grid 2 still had some of the highest framerates. Obviously, when framerates get this high, you tend to get more CPU bound. And that should in turn lead to a victory for the Core i7-5820K. But this first game test seems to agree with 3DMark, with the 4790K-based system exhibiting a performance advantage of just under 2%.
Ah, Tomb Raider. Fun to play, easy to benchmark with. That's because it has a nice built-in test sequence which is almost completley GPU bound. And yet again, things just aren't going right for our 5820K-based system. In a test that should have both system performing identically due to very low CPU load, the 4790K is again ahead, this time by a more commanding 2.5% using the Radeon R9 290 and 5% using the GTX 980 Ti. From the looks of it, the 4790K appears to be unleashing more performance from our GPUs, especially the ultra-high-end GTX 980 Ti.
This game is surprisingly demanding when it comes to CPU performance, but it also loves GPU power. What does that mean for its performance under in our tests? Well, the 5820K surges out in front of the 4790K, at least when paired with the high-performance GTX 980 Ti. Using the less-powerful Radeon R9 290, performance is clearly GPU-bottlenecked. This is most definitely one game where having more CPU power at your disposal comes in handy if you have a high-end video card. And it's not just the average that gets a boost; the minimum framerate on the GTX 980 Ti is an impressive 15% higher when paired with the 5820K. That's a difference you can definitely feel.