The $2,500 machine’s big gamble, using only three high-end graphics cards to defeat the four mainstream-performance cards of the $1,250 machine, pays off in a Crysis win. One still wonders how much larger the win may have been had a forth card been purchased, rather than the pricey SSD drives.
Both machines drop below our recommended 40 FPS minimum when using Crysis’ Very High detail preset at 2560x1600. The $2,500 build is too close for comfort, making the money shifted from graphics to storage look like a questionable bet. Perhaps more important is the $650 machine’s ability to play these settings at 1280x1024, which is still a viable resolution for $99 gaming monitors.
- Going Green To Save Some Green?
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: Fallout 3
- Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2
- Benchmark Results: H.A.W.X.
- Benchmark Results: World In Conflict
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetic
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Super Value Conclusion