Gaming Performance

World of Tanks enCore

Albeit different to most of the other commonly played MMO or massively multiplayer online games, World of Tanks is set in the mid-20th century and allows players to take control of a range of military based armored vehicles. World of Tanks (WoT) is developed and published by Wargaming who are based in Belarus, with the game’s soundtrack being primarily composed by Belarusian composer Sergey Khmelevsky. The game offers multiple entry points including a free-to-play element as well as allowing players to pay a fee to open up more features. One of the most interesting things about this tank based MMO is that it achieved eSports status when it debuted at the World Cyber Games back in 2012.

World of Tanks enCore is a demo application for a new and unreleased graphics engine penned by the Wargaming development team. Over time the new core engine will implemented into the full game upgrading the games visuals with key elements such as improved water, flora, shadows, lighting as well as other objects such as buildings. The World of Tanks enCore demo app not only offers up insight into the impending game engine changes, but allows users to check system performance to see if the new engine run optimally on their system.

GTX 980: World of Tanks enCore, Average FPSGTX 980: World of Tanks enCore, 95th Percentile

F1 2018

Aside from keeping up-to-date on the Formula One world, F1 2017 added HDR support, which F1 2018 has maintained; otherwise, we should see any newer versions of Codemasters' EGO engine find its way into F1. Graphically demanding in its own right, F1 2018 keeps a useful racing-type graphics workload in our benchmarks.

We use the in-game benchmark, set to run on the Montreal track in the wet, driving as Lewis Hamilton from last place on the grid. Data is taken over a one-lap race.

GTX 980: F1 2018, Average FPSGTX 980: F1 2018, 95th Percentile

CPU Performance, Short Form Corsair Hydro X Series Conclusion
Comments Locked


View All Comments

  • Gonemad - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - link

    "I'm one of the uncommon ones that just wants it to work, without lights."

    You are my hero.

    But I didn't take the jump, yet. I would settle with big Noctua fans and heatsinks or whatever the best air setups can provide... considering I live in a country where 95F ambient is commonly known as "a nippy summer" and 59F is known as "dead frozen winter".

    Yeah, I'm not after overclocking, just avoid thermal throttling is a win already.
  • surt - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - link

    Would love to know more about your setup. I just want silence and would prefer my components be invisible (zero bling).
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - link

    The main reason my current system is watercooled and the GPU in my next one definitely will be is lower fan noise. 120/140x25mm fans on a radiator are far quieter than 70/80x10mm fans on the GPU.

    Assuming I do a custom loop for the GPU cooler again (I've seen AIO water cooler to GPU adapters, but never looked into them) I'll probably do the CPU too just for completeness, even if I don't go with a zillion core count model that's hot enough to make it mandatory. (Depends what the market looks like in mid 2022.)
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, February 6, 2020 - link

    The argument for bigger, slower, and quieter fans at the radiator to reduce noise is a good one to be sure. There is really nothing quite like going from a totally passive, silent system to one that is packed with whirring fans. I'm not so sure its worth the cost of components in this specific build example which is mainly my point of criticism as there are lower cost options that reach the same goal, but I do agree that silence is certainly has value.
  • AshlayW - Thursday, February 6, 2020 - link

    It's called a hobby, hon. This site is also for PC hobbiests who enjoy this sort of thing.

    Protip: Untangle your jimmies.
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, February 6, 2020 - link

    Protip: Refer to yourself to your own protip.
  • Dug - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - link

    I get why some people may want to overclock with watercooling, but at the end of the day it's way too much work, too many chances for leak, more maintenance, very expensive, heavy, and if you hate pump noise, then air cooling works really well without the hassle. Especially if you have the right case.
  • TEAMSWITCHER - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - link

    Is overclocking the CPU even worth while anymore? I am a Blender User and CUDA support for Nvidia GPU rendering has really changed my life. My RTX 2080 can render so much faster and unlike CPU rendering the fans barely get any louder. Renderings complete in about one third the time compared to my 9900K. My gaming is at 4K now also, so there is no CPU bottleneck that needs alleviating. At a time when everyone is water-cooling, I'm thinking that it's unnecessary, I'm going back to air cooling.
  • Slash3 - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - link

    Any specific reasoning for the use of such old AGESA/BIOS versions? Your testbed lists them as having the ABBA release, which predates, and is not recommended for use by AMD on, the 3950X.

    The current releases are 2.10 for the Creator (January 22nd) and P1.70 for the Aqua (December 12th).
  • HideOut - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - link

    You list a 3950x as the CPU but are linking to a 3700x. I assume the 3950 is what was used, but if you got the hookup on a $329 3950 please share the deets with us :D

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now