We always organize our charts by overall performance difference, but doing so provided a strange pattern in Crysis. The $500 Gaming PC’s 8800GS appears to provide superior low-resolution performance compared to the System Builder Marathon’s HD3870, yet the 3870 catches up at middle resolutions. Crysis hid the 1920x1200 resolution option from our $500 Gaming PC, but the results would have been pointless considering the unplayable 1680x1050 performance.
Turning up the details and enabling anti-aliasing is a bad idea for low-cost cards in Crysis, as neither system was playable even at 1024x768.
The overclocked $500 gamer takes another low-resolution win, this time in Prey, with the overclocked System Builder Marathon system taking over from 1280x1024 and upwards. Both systems are completely playable on a 24” flat panel, even though such high-resolution monitors are generally beyond the budgets of $500 PC buyers.
Cranking up the eye candy changes the performance order a little in Prey, yet both systems are still perfectly playable at high graphics resolutions.
- Will It Game?
- Overclocking Details
- Test Configuration
- Benchmark Results: Crysis, Prey
- Supreme Commander, UT3, Warhammer
- Audio: iTunes, Lame MP3
- Applications: 3DS Max, Cinema4D, Photoshop, AVG, WinRAR
- Synthetics: 3D Mark 2006
- PC Mark 2005
- Sandra XII
- Average Performance Differences
- Performance Per Dollar, Conclusion