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Benchmark Results: CoD:MW2 And Crysis

System Builder Marathon, March 2010: $3,000 Extreme PC

We changed our upper mid-range resolution from 1920x1200 to 1920x1080 pixels this month to reflect changes in the $200 panel market. Anyone looking for a good price on the formerly-popular resolution should probably buy a monitor now before these higher-value parts disappear completely.

Our latest Call of Duty benchmark is a cakewalk for this month’s system, in spite of its extraordinary details and our use of an ultra-intense test scenario. Overclocking the processor eliminates a CPU bottleneck that otherwise affects most settings, though a performance limit of 130-140 frames per second (FPS) isn’t really a problem.

Crysis still gives us headaches at 2560x1600 pixels, though overclocking helps it play more smoothly at that high resolution when using the benchmark tool’s “high quality” preset.

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