We’re replacing DiRT 3 with F1 2012, which is another of Codemasters’ racing sims based on its own EGO Engine 2.0.
Although we don't have comparison data from last quarter, we immediately see lower frame rates compared to what we're used to from DiRT 3.
This quarter's $500 gaming PC handles the High detail preset easily, so let's crank up the settings.
The more demanding Ultra detail preset with 8x MSAA knocks our stock rig down to an average of 45 FPS. Frame rates appear limited by platform limitations, though the 14% speed-up realized from graphics overclocking does let us know that graphics have an impact as well.
- Squeezing More Bang From The Same Buck
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Limited Overclocking Strikes Again
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: F1 2012
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Is This Our Best $500 Gamer Ever?