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Benchmark Results: Skyrim And StarCraft II

System Builder Marathon, June 2012: $2000 Performance PC

Starting at its lowest settings, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim appears to love our new system’s added graphics power. And like the preceding two real-world game benchmarks, it ignores the extra two cores in last quarter's Sandy Bridge-E-based processor. Overclocking helps the old system pass our new baseline, but the new PC responds even more eagerly to this type of tinkering.

Higher Skyrim detail levels take a bite out of our new PC’s frame rate advantage, specifically at 2560x1600.

StarCraft II prefers our new system’s Kepler-based graphics card. This game likes processor overclocking as well. Combine GeForce GTX 680 and an overclocked machine, and our new build comes out a decisive winner.

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