Skyrim’s High detail preset mirror what we saw from DiRT 3’s High quality settings, except at 2560x1600. For some reason, my $2000 PC doesn't do well there.
Once again, we're crediting the $2000 PC's large lead at other resolutions to its CPU, though we can't say whether the advantage comes from extra cores or more memory bandwidth.
The $500 PC comes on strong, easily producing "more than half" of the $1000 machine's performance mark.
The battle between the $2000 and $1000 machines tightens at Skyrim’s Ultra detail preset. Unfortunately for me, the cheaper machine overtakes the pricier one at both 1920x1080 and 2560x1600.
The $500 PC survives once again, having been tested only up to its target 1920x1080 graphics resolution.
- Chasing Down Diminishing Returns
- Test System Configurations, With Overclocks
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power And Efficiency
- Breaking Down The Value Chart