The Intel Core i7 3770K also delivered great results with the VDrift racing game. VDrift shaders still fail to properly compile on any of the Mesa/Gallium3D drivers, but even so, its performance was well ahead of all the Radeon graphics cards. The only GPU on an open-source driver coming ahead was the GeForce 9800GT with 12% more frames per second. The i7-3770K though is easily playable with VDrift at 1920 x 1080 with its average frame-rate being 75 FPS.
While the 9800GT delivered 12% more frames per second, the i7-3770K was 18% more power efficient than the graphics card. The only graphics card configuration coming close to the level of performance-per-Watt was the GeForce GT 220 on Nouveau.
The i7-3770K system continues to handle these OpenGL games at just 77~80 Watts.