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Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

System Builder Marathon, August 2012: System Value Compared
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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.

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