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Benchmark Results: F1 2012

System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: System Value Compared

F1 2012 presents us with a bottleneck that’s strikingly similar to the one we inadvertently discovered in DiRT 3. Although we're trying to keep our suite modern by adopting more current titles, the newer racing game employs the same EGO 2.0 engine as DiRT, and I'd be willing to bet that the limited performance scaling is related to memory performance, rather than a processor bottleneck.

The moderate performance boost seen from the $1,000 and $2,000 machines corresponds more proportionally to memory data rate rather than CPU frequency increases. The top- and bottom-priced builds appear the most severely capped, and both are based on Radeon graphics.

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