Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim appears CPU-bound at its lower test settings, but also appears to receive a little benefit from the $2550 PC’s extra cores. Had the expensive build achieved a better overclock, this might have been a clean sweep.
The $650 PC’s triple-module architecture can’t propel it beyond its more expensive mid-priced rival; Skyrim simply runs better on Intel's designs. The FX-based system still facilitates playable frame rates through our highest detail settings and Paul's highest test resolution.