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System Builder Marathon, March 2011: Value Compared

Benchmark Results: F1 2010

F1 2010 appears to be “bottlenecked” by different parts of all three systems, though that limitation occurs at perfectly playable frame rates. The $1000 PC finally bumps up against GPU limits at 2560x1600, while the least-expensive configuration leans heavily on its CPU but still gets held up.

Ultra quality and 8x AA increase GPU load to the point that bottlenecks in other parts of our systems begin to vanish. The $1000 PC is strong enough to play at 2560x1600, while the $550 PC passes 1920x1080 very nicely.

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