Just Cause 2 appears to be CPU-bottlenecked at medium details, and our new motherboard appears to be seriously hindering our CPU at baseline settings.
Fortunately, that same motherboard also offers a superior overclock, and that's where we'd expect a majority of enthusiasts to run their own tweaked configurations.
Even at higher details with more of the load shifted to GPU performance, the $2400 PC’s lower CPU performance holds it back. Once again, overclocking superiority turns it into a different class of machine.
Metro 2033 finally presents us with a gaming scenario where most settings benefit from the new build’s higher GPU performance, even prior to overclocking.
- A Bigger Budget For A Better PC
- Motherboard, CPU, And RAM
- Graphics, Case, And Power
- SSD, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
- The Build
- 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
- Are Liquid-Cooled Graphics Cards Worth The Extra Expense?