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System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $2000 Bonus Build

Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat

Just Cause 2 is a little friendlier to the new build at lower settings, though high settings are where we really expect it to excel.

The game's highest quality settings allow a clean sweep for the alternative build, at least when 8x AA and 16x AF are enabled.

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat benchmark has a greater affinity for GPU power, rewarding our new choice of graphics cards, in spite of the system’s lower memory performance.

The new build pulls ahead even farther when using the benchmark’s Ultra preset and 4x AA, as expected.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.