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System Builder Marathon, March 2011: Value Compared

Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat benchmark is GPU-constrained, even at our lowest settings. And yet, those limits are loose enough that even the $500 PC performs admirably.

CrossFire plays a big role in the $2000 machine's vast superiority over its $1000 competitor.

Our higher S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat benchmark settings generally result in a minimum FPS that’s around 1/3 of the average FPS. That would push playability to around 1280x1024 for the $500 PC and 1920x1080 for the $1000 PC. The $2000 machine might be able to go beyond 2560x1600, but we didn’t have the necessary monitors for everyone to test AMD EyeFinity.

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