[dba-Tech] Why is gaming the measure of CPU performance?

Rocky Smolin rockysmolin2 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 18:03:39 CST 2023

I'm going to guess that for the average desktop user in the average
business, or road warrior, we never approach the capabilities of the
machine.  All machines would probably perform nearly the same. To compare
machines with different but like processors, you would need an
application that really tested the box.

Think of it this way - if you give a test to students to gauge their
relative strengths and they all scor 95-100 that test would be too easy for
your purposes. so you devise a test where no one can finish it in the time
allotted nor get all the answers right.  Now you can compare student

Gaming is very computationally intense.  So would be perhaps a way to
differentiate processors using a real [rogram to test, doing replicable

This is just my speculation, though.


On Wed, Feb 15, 2023 at 3:57 PM Arthur Fuller <fuller.artful at gmail.com>

> Here is a typical quote:
> The i3–12100 easily demolishes the six core i5–10400 and Ryzen 3600X in
> gaming performance. In fact, it can often match, and in some cases beat the
> 5600X while driving an RTX 3080.
> Why is gaming the test? I've never played a game on my computers in my
> life! My game is writing code, and I spend a lot of time comparing
> solutions (for example, in C++, what is the fastest way to traverse a
> collection of 100,000 items? Use an array, a vector, a list, etc.) I am
> also very interested in database performance: how quickly can I find
> an item in a table of 1 million rows? How significant is the choice of
> index structure?
> What is it about gaming that makes it a valid test of CPU performance?
> --
> Arthur
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