Benchmark Results: Crysis
Crysis has a reputation for being way ahead of its time in system demand rather than realism, and that makes it an entertaining “real world” benchmark. Many folks use this test in their buying decisions, and so we continue to use it in the System Builder Marathon.
The $500 PC survives through its High-Quality tests, as long as anti-aliasing is disabled.
Our System Builder Marathons have also gone without AA at our “Very High” Crysis settings, because enabling the feature formerly choked every system. Today, only the $500 build drops out of the race at “Very High, No AA,” so perhaps it’s time to consider re-addressing Crysis AA in future competitions?
That said, SSD is a great addition as well as some of the other difficult to measure in value parts.
These builds are targeted at a fixed budget, and (at the moment, with these budgets) money should never be spent on an SSD at the expense of more cpu or graphics power.
Dropping SSDs would also stop convoluting the "value" comparison.
The fact that problems were encountered during the builds, such as the issue with memory, and the issue with the bios; these are important practical lessons that make the articles well worth the time to read.
Overall, I can't imagine a better choice of builds, nor a better outcome, given Sandy Bridge on the horizon.
In any case, the $500 build rocks my boat. I just feel it isn't right to saddle the $1000 build with a dual core, hyper-threaded or not. An AMD triple/quad core with bad-@ss cooling (at the same price) might have been better.