Benchmark Results: 3D Games
It appears at first that the $1,250 system is required to play Crysis at any resolution, but not everyone requires those very-high details. At medium details, we reported that the $625 gamer could play somewhat smoothly at resolutions up to 1920x1200.
Anyone who can appreciate really high levels of detail and is willing to give up a little resolution in exchange for good anti-aliasing will find our $1,250 enthusiast system adequate where its $1,500 predecessor was lacking.
The $1250 machine blazes through Supreme Commander Forged Alliance with anti-aliasing-disabled, but gets significantly bogged down when the feature is set to 4x. Most users probably won’t notice the effects of aliasing at 1920x1200 pixels when using a 24” monitor. On the other hand, most players probably don’t need super-smooth frame rates for RTS games anyway.
In fact, long-suffering players may even find the $625 system suitable, if not comfortable to watch, at resolutions up to 1680x1050 with anti-aliasing disabled. Concerning the previous $500 build, we have to wonder how much pain an RTS player can tolerate.
It was explained in the Day 1 article but should have been mentioned at the lead of this one, that Core i7 wasn't ready when the site placed its order. And to build a high-end Core 2 machine after Core i7 was available was not a viable option. Since the site couldn't get a retail Core i7 on time, the high-end build was scrapped.
Thanks for the write-up. I look forward to seeing both a AMD and Intel build for the lowest price point builds in the upcoming months hopefully :)
i should have got the pentium dual core for the same price of an amd.
i was focusing too much on core2duos and thought they were too expensive compared to athlon x2's.
my x2 5000 runs at 3.1 GHz compared to pentium dual cores running at 4.2GHz with 2MB of L2 cache, 1MB more than the x2.
ultimately, pentium dual cores are core2duo's with less cache. :)