Tom Clancy's HAWX: Benchmark review with 15 CPUs
How much CPU power is required for Tom Clancy's HAWX? PC Games Hardware puts 15 processors to the test.
Tom Clancy's HAWX: Introduction
Tom Clancy's HAWX is Ubisoft's latest action game/flight simulation. In DirectX 10 mode and with graphics features like HQ Shadows maps, God Rays, Soft particles and SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion) the graphics of the game are really worth seeing. The ground textures of HAWX are one of the highlights since they have been created in cooperation with the company Geo-Eye, which provided high resolution satellite images of the terrain. In our comparison between DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 you can get an impression of the difference between the two modes and our HAWX benchmark review with 12 graphics cards reveals what graphics card is required to display the game fluidly.
Tom Clancy's HAWX: Benchmark
The demo version of Tom Clancy's HAWX offers a two-part performance test in the graphics options. We take the average of two runs of the second part that is recorded with Fraps. With several fighter planes, explosions and effects this scene is quite stressing for the hardware.
As it is characteristic of console ports Tom Clancy's HAWX benefits a lot from multi-core processors - a single-core CPU like the Athlon 64 4000+ on the other hand is too slow (19.1 frames per second). With two cores HAWX is running much smoother already and the X2 5000+ is noticeably faster on average while the minimal fps are even twice as high. A third core can increase the performance of two cores by up to 35 percent, but a fourth core doesn't deliver a real performance plus. AMD's first Phenom generation is doing quite well, but the Phenom II is at the same clock speeds a little behind the Yorkfield - but a Q9650 or QX9650 are positioned in a absolutely different price class. Although Intel's Core i7 is ahead of the competition it can't really beat the Core 2 Quads noticeably.
Conclusion: With only one core Tom Clancy's HAWX won't be running fast enough to be real fun. You will need a middle-class dual-core processor like a Core 2 Duo E6600 or an Athlon 64 X2 6400+ at least. For really smooth framerates a fast triple- or quad-core like the Phenom II X3 720 BE or the core 2 Quad Q6600.