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Benchmark Results: First-Person Shooters

System Builder Marathon: Performance & Value

The game engine used for Crysis strongly favors Nvidia architecture, and our $2,500 machine is further boosted by its use of 3-way SLI. We smell the blood already.

Even with its dual-GPU Radeon HD 4850 graphics card, our $625 PC didn’t produce playable frame rates at any resolution with Crysis set to Very High Details. The $1,250 machine could play at a lowly 1280x1024 resolution, but only with anti-aliasing (AA) disabled. The GTX 260 Core 216 triple threat allowed our $2,500 monster to chew through frames even at our highest setting.

Unreal Tournament 3 is getting old and its frame rates seem to be CPU-limited. The $2,500 machine takes a big lead when overclocked, but only because it overclocked better than the $1,250 PC.

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