We've seen performance in F1 2012 limited by a wide variety of bottlenecks, including the CPU and memory. Today's configuration appears CPU-limited at our lowest System Builder Marathon test settings, but that could be a reflection of its poor memory timings, too. The new build excels at our highest settings, but needs a better processor overclock to reach the previous machine’s stellar scaling.
Like other games, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim appears to benefit from four x86 cores, at most. My newer machine’s older CPU architecture falls behind at lower settings, in spite of its added core count.
- There's Always Room For More
- Graphics, Motherboard, And CPU
- Case, Power, And CPU Cooler
- DRAM, SSD, HDD, And ODD
- Hardware Installation
- Overclocking: Hot Air Is Bad, OK?
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Battlefield 3 And Far Cry 3
- Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim And F1 2012
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Overall Performance
- Is Our Three-Way SLI-Based Setup Efficient? Can We Even Talk Value?