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.
- Ivy Bridge And Kepler Come Together
- CPU, CPU Cooler, And Memory
- Graphics, Motherboard, And Power
- System, Storage, And Optical Drives
- Case And Cooler Installation
- Final Assembly
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: Skyrim And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Gamers: You're Going To Love This One!