Arma 3 is the first benchmark in today's comparison that shows a strong preference for AMD's graphics architecture. Paul's extensive Day 1 analysis suggested that this sequence is strongly affected by CPU performance. However, I'm using a much faster chip than he was.
And so we see Arma 3 give my new $1600 build, with its Radeon R9 290X, a lead over Don's comparably-priced setup from a quarter ago. Both boxes employ Core i7-4770Ks, so host processing isn't a variable.
Even using the Ultra preset, Arma 3 appears platform-bound at resolutions up to 1920x1080. Triple-monitor resolutions make it easier for the $2400 machine’s SLI configuration to break performance barriers encountered by both $1600 PCs, and the new machine’s AMD-weighted advantage goes away.
- Can A $1600 PC Really Be High-End?
- CPU, Graphics, And Memory
- Motherboard And CPU Cooling
- Power Supply, Case, And SSD
- Mass Storage, OS, And Optical Drive
- Installing Thermaltake's NiC-L32 CPU Cooler
- Completing Hardware Installation
- How We Tested Our $1600 High-End PC
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Battlefield 4
- Results: Grid 2
- Results: Arma 3
- Results: Far Cry 3
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Less Money, Lower Performance, Better Value?