The Call of Pripyat benchmark is graphics-heavy, yet it still requires a powerful processor for optimal performance.
Given its split personality, CPU bottlenecks normally look like a shallow curve (rather than a flat line) across the range of test settings, while GPU bottlenecks appear as a broader curve.
A fast processor makes the alternative $2000 build look great across our lowest three test settings, while the former $2000 build takes the stage at 2560x1600. Increasing the settings on our second chart makes this an all-AMD/GeForce GTX 480 affair.
- The Better Way To Spend $2000?
- Processor And CPU Cooling
- Motherboard And Graphics
- Case And Power
- Memory And Storage
- Hardware Installation
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power And Efficiency
- Value Conclusion