Results: Battlefield 3 And Far Cry 3
Battlefield 3 demonstrates similar performance on both systems, in spite of the new build's potentially more powerful GPU configuration and extra CPU cores. It appears probable that this title won't scale much beyond four cores, and the previous build had better per-core performance.
Lower resolutions are less GPU-dependent, and the new system’s old CPU technology appears to hamper performance in Far Cry 3 at 1920x1080. The machines are roughly equal as we step up to the Surround-enabled resolutions.