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Game Benchmarks - Real-Time Strategy

System Builder Marathon: Mid-Cost System

Supreme Commander is known to like more CPU cores, and the Q6700 does an excellent job keeping the title happy. This is a real-time strategy game, not a 'twitch' first person shooter, and consequently the 35 fps we see at 1920x1200 with 4xAA is very, very playable.

Of course, at all other resolutions we get even higher frame rates, so a Q6700 with an 8800 GTX can effectively handle Supreme Commander. Let's see how the mid-range system fares with another tough RTS, Warhammer: Mark of Chaos.

This game appears even tougher than Supreme Commander, but the mid-range system still saunters through the benchmark stably and at a very playable frame rate.

After all of these benchmarks, the only title that has truly challenged the mid-range system appears to be Crysis. Once again, we'll lament our lack of dual-8800 GTs in SLI mode, but the single 8800 GTX has performed admirably in everything else.

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