CPU-imposed limitations are seen at the lower resolutions, but the stock 3.1 GHz Core i3-2100 easily defeats the overclocked 3.4 GHz AMD Phenom II.
In the end though, at High details, all of these configurations are playable through the maximum tested 1920x1080 resolution.
When increasing to Very High details, the current rig shows a benefit from both its Sandy Bridge-based processor and more aggressive GPU overclocking. Above 1280x720, the overclocked March PC is on par with the stock June rig, while the overclocked June PC offers an even more solid experience at 1680x1050.
Just Cause 2
The Concrete Jungle test included with the full version of Just Cause 2 is far more demanding than the demo’s benchmark, giving us a worst-case scenario for what hardware this game really requires.
In our first set of tests, today's stock PC outpaces the overclocked March PC through all resolutions. At the highest details, 8xAA proves a bit much for either Radeon HD 6850 graphics card, limiting both rigs to the lower two resolutions.
- Entry-Level Sandy Bridge
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembly And Overclocking
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010 And Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary, Efficiency, And Conclusion