DiRT Showdown was replaced by F1 2012 last quarter, which is newer and circumvents some of the performance issues we saw in the previous title.
Like Skyrim, this is another CPU-limited game. Intel's Core i5 exhibits a significant average frame rate advantage until we test at 2560x1600, where graphics demands shift the load back onto our graphics cards.
Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 is a new addition to the game test suite. This demanding game demonstrates a CPU bottleneck at the High quality setting. However, under the influence of the Ultra preset with 4x MSAA enabled, we're decidedly GPU-limited.
- Building A PC: What Do We Get For $800?
- CPU, Motherboard, And Cooler
- Video Card, Power Supply, And Case
- Memory, Hard Drives, And Optical Drive
- System Assembly And Overclocking
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Media Encoding
- Results: Rendering And Productivity
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Compression Tools
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Power And Temperature
- When Does $800 Buy You More Than $1000?