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Results: Battlefield 3 And Far Cry 3

System Builder Marathon, Q4 2013: A $2400 PC That Costs $2700

Capped at 200 FPS, Battlefield 3 finally starts to cut the new machine’s cards loose at 5760x1080. Stepping up to the Ultra-quality preset yields a more taxing load down at 4800x900. The big takeaway is that two R9 290s in CrossFire are overkill unless you're running a triple-screen configuration (or an expensive Ultra HD display).

Far Cry 3 appears to demonstrate a CPU bottleneck on the new system, even with its faster CPU. Greater processing overhead associated with AMD's graphics cards (something we've seen before) could be part of the problem. But we know how to circumvent this: ratchet up the detail settings, shifting more load onto the GPUs. Once we begin to lean hard on the graphics subsystem, the new machine fares a little better.

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