Game Benchmarks: First-Person Shooters
At high settings, the Core i7 PC is making a compelling show at the lower resolutions (where processing performance makes a bigger difference). But when we look at higher-resolution performance, the Phenom II becomes much more attractive, thanks to its powerful CrossFire graphics setup.
Let's see what happens when we up the detail to the Very High detail setting:
Look how the AMD system overtakes the Core i7 system at 1920x1200. What we're seeing here is the bottleneck getting shifted towards the graphics cards, and the four Radeon HD 4850s in this month's AMD system are coming into play. This is especially compelling when you consider that this system would be built with game performance in mind and would likely be paired with a nice 24" display. Remember also that Crysis has an affinity for the GeForce architecture, so even without a level playing field, AMD is coming up with a win here.
It is a real shame we don't have 2560x1600 results for the April 2009 system, as I suspect the new AMD box and its four Radeon HD 4850s would really come into their own at that resolution.
Now let's have a look at Far Cry 2...
Once AA is turned on, the AMD system starts showing more gains. I'll admit it's a marginal win, but it's a win nonetheless. This unconventional AMD system is showing that it's quite capable of high-resolution and high-detail gaming.
I agree. I mean, props for quadfire, but it's not really the best choice for the best performance.
An i5 750 build probably would have turned out better numbers on the whole, I would probably call this a last hurrah (and the $2500 too, im sure that'll be a quad) for quad CF/SLi based systems being used to run a single 30" monitor.. I'm sure we'll start to see the high end gamers moving over to eyefinity and whatever equivalent nVidia comes up with.
Interesting but frankly not a huge fan of multi gpu set ups to being with let alone a quad fire set up i mean at least with nvidia you have decent scaling, but who am i to complain for that price and it seems to run high rez just fine.
But that is a *** load of load power draw, noise(not too much nice zalman heat sinks on those cards) and heat coming out of that thing.
bit surprised when i saw the load Wattage you got i thought the older 1300 rig was a i7 with 2x260's in sli which should come out to be less power draw under load even with a modded 4870 cards
Little risky build but on the bright side you could run 8 monitors lol
Conventional would have landed this price in the i5/i7 build with 2x4890's or a bit more powerful cards really depends on which cpu you settle with. Ofc ionno how long ago you order this. Would have came out a bit more rounded but not as great for higher resolutions and AA AF settings.
This build is more of a high resolution gaming specialist. Personally i've never built a system with just gaming in mind i've always been a man that favors a more rounded system where you spend at least 3/4th of what you put into your gpu into your cpu
Thomas Soderstrom's $2,500 AMD build tomorrow
bah $2,500 and no i7 not like the budget couldn't fit very expensive gpu card and cpu in there. Oh well it wont loose out too much in games even with mutli gpu set ups...best have a sound card in there it be very refreshing for tom's builds to sport one. Interesting what monstrosity he has made to share with us.