Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
Priced four times higher than the cheapest build and two times higher than the mid-cost enthusiast system, it’s nice to see the $2000 machine stretch its legs a little in Metro 2033. While the $500 system passes our High Quality test at 1920x1080, the $2000 machine is required for smooth game play using our most extreme settings settings at the same resolution.
Unfortunately, nothing passes those same extreme settings at 2560x1600. Nvidia hardware appears specifically vulnerable to this setting, as it falls behind the lower-cost Radeon HD 6970 CrossFire configuration from our June $2000 build.
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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.