Benchmark Results: F1 2010
F1 2010 is a walk in the park for any true gaming machine. Even the $500 build pulls at least 66 FPS at High Quality. The $1000 machine passes muster with Ultra Quality settings at 2560x1600, though the $2000 build continues to show its dominance.
This is where some of our readers will want to point out the need for extra-high FPS when using stereoscopic mode, for which $2000 machine seems destined.
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Also, as a result, more emphasis should be placed on the storage sub system. I know these are gaming configurations, but I'd give up my GPU in a nanosecond if it meant I could keep my SSDs. Fortunately, I don't have to choose, but I would if I had too, and I'm not alone out there. Budget systems don't feel so budget-y with even a modest SSD.
Yeah, good luck fitting an SSD into a $500 gaming build.
there have been 64GB Vertex Crucial drives on sale for < 79$. Which isn't bad.
That's why I think the $500 system should be closer to $600, maybe like $550. 30GB Agility drives were going for $40 yesterday at the Egg, so its not like you have to spend $300 to get a tangible benefit. That one addition would have contributed a significant performance benefit and the budget category used to be $650 anyway.
maybe also include windows boot time.