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Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3

System Builder Marathon, August 2012: Alternative $2000 Gaming PC

We expected today's graphics-heavy configuration to exert its authority in our game tests. However, we didn't expect to see that performance advantage at low resolutions.

Battlefield 3 is so GPU-constrained that we only see CPU bottlenecks surface on the SLI-equipped build, and even then only at 1920x1080 and below.

Gaming at Medium detail presets is alright. But the only way we were going to call today's machine a complete success was if it gave us playable frame rates at 5760x1080 using the Ultra quality preset. We’re pleased to see the new build pass a test that the original $2000 PC failed.

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