Benchmark Results: 3D Games, Continued
UT3 hands the lead to our previous $1,500 build, but with such high frame rates for even the slowest build, any lead is inconsequential.
Although smooth frame rates are far less significant in RTS game play, the excellent visuals will probably have most players seeking to keep stuttering to a minimum. Fortunately, our $625 machine pulled through with 38 FPS when AA and AF were disabled. The $1,250 enthusiast system takes a huge lead over its $1,500 predecessor, but it’s obvious that the extra performance really wasn’t needed for this title.
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. :)