F1 2012’s proven memory bottleneck appears to give way to CPU overhead in the CrossFire-equipped $1,600 PC, where the extra card monopolizes additional CPU resources. The expensive system shines at 5760x1080, but the cheaper single-card solution proves itself more than adequate at the same settings.
An upgrade to stereo-capable displays would appear to be the only reason to splash out for an extra card in this title.
The $1,600 PC’s extra graphics power pushes the system's CPU limits in Skyrim at anything less than Eyefinity-inspired resolutions. The single-card $1,000 PC remains adequate, if barely, through 5760x1080.
- The Magic Of Anticipation
- CPU, CPU Cooler, And Memory
- Motherboard, Graphics, And Power
- Case, SSD, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
- The Initial Installation: My First Attempt
- Ten Days, Ten Solutions?
- Starting Over, This Time With Success
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: Battlefield 3 And Far Cry 3
- Results: F1 2012 And Skyrim
- Results: Non-Gaming Applications
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- The Less-Obvious Benefits Of Spending More