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Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 And Crysis

System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $400 Gaming PC

The moment of truth has arrived, as we now turn attention towards the little machine’s gaming prowess.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 offers impressive visuals on modest graphics hardware, and the stock $400 PC has no problem playing at 1080p and the highest detail levels. The system is far more GPU-limited than the June PC, and the insignificant 7% performance increase falls in line with our 10% GPU and 5% VRAM overclock.

The $400 PC handles the added demands of 4x AA quite well, but does cause this quarter's build to fall further behind the more powerful June gaming rig that never fell below 60 fps minimum.

Averaging 47 fps with a 37 fps minimum may very well put the stock $400 PC below what some gamers are willing to accept from a competitive shooter. But most Radeon HD 5670 owners are probably quite thrilled about how well their card handles this game at maximized settings. While this game’s demands represent realistic performance for so many popular titles, unfortunately, the remainder of our gaming suite is far more brutal on the graphics hardware.

The stock $550 PC handles high details in Crysis fairly well up to a 1680x1050 resolution, but the $400 PC already bombs at all our normal SBM resolutions. Overclocking helps enable a fairly decent 720p experience at high details. However, resolutions above this require lowering some graphics settings.

Not even the overclocked Radeon HD 5770 mustered playable performance, so it’s no surprise our current Radeon HD 5670 is crushed at very high details. While 720p is out the question for the $400 PC, we imagine the $550 PC might have handled this combination of settings last quarter.

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