Benchmark Results: F1 2010
We reserved our two new game benchmarks for today’s comparison, since we didn’t have the requisite performance data from our former builds.
F1 2010 replaces DiRT2 and appears to love the high-end machine’s GeForce GTX 470s…or is it the quad-core CPU? We'll know more once we generate performance data for next quarter's series.
Cranked-up visual enhancements moderately smooth the scaling of our performance chart. Had the $2000 system’s graphics cards been responsible for its previous win, AA should have made the win even bigger. Given the smaller win in our second F1 chart, it appears that the $2000 machine’s biggest benefactor in the first F1 chart was probably its quad-core CPU.
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.