Crysis has a history of benefiting from nearly any improved component, from drives (faster progress saves) to CPUs and memory upgrades. This is especially true at medium settings (High Quality), where the graphics cards are not taxed enough to reach their limits.
The order of performance persists at Very High quality, though we actually expected the smaller machine’s higher-frequency graphics cards to prove more advantageous.
F1 2010 shows the results we were hoping to see in Crysis: at the game’s higher test settings, the microATX machine’s higher GPU clock allows it to lead over the overclocked SBM PC’s faster CPU. Overclocking the microATX build makes it a true performance monster.
- Maximum Performance From MicroATX
- The Impetus: PNY’s Liquid-Cooled GeForce GTX 580 Graphics In SLI
- The Smaller Footprint: Fractal Design’s Arc Mini
- Overcoming Overclocking Ordeals: Asus’ Maximus IV Gene-Z
- Lightening The Load With Crucial And Seagate
- Busting The Remaining Barriers
- Hardware Installation
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2 And Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Getting More Performance From A Smaller PC