Benchmark Results: Gaming
It should come as no surprise that the Origin Millennium, with its three GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards, would flat-out smoke our baseline machine from CyberPower with its one previous-gen GeForce GTX 550 Ti (not to mention a price tag less than one-third of Origin PC's). 3DMark 11 certainly drives that point home. In the higher-end Extreme test, which pushes pixels at a resolution of 1080p, the Millennium’s score is nearly 8.5x what the LAN Party Evo is able to deliver. While the performance gap isn’t quite as great when it comes to frame rates, the difference is still quite dramatic.
Running our trio of popular games at 1920x1080 with high detail settings, it’s clear that Origin PC's Millennium has a fair amount of headroom to adopt more demanding resolutions and graphics quality options, while the sub-$1,000 CyberPower system has a tendency to get choppy. Both systems are certainly capable of gaming, but you’ll likely switch off a few things or dial down the settings on the LAN Party Evo. CyberPower's machine serves the purpose we wanted it for, however: to show us what additional performance you get when you spend more.
A couple of important testing notes: We don't include minimum frame rates for Batman: Arkham City because the transitions between scenes in the benchmark tend to make the minimum frame rates artificially low. Minimum frame rates were mostly in the single digits on both systems, but that doesn’t accurately represent what you see when playing the game.
Since the LAN Party Evo’s GeForce GTX 550 Ti card doesn’t support triple-screen Surround gaming, we only have performance numbers at 5760x1080 for Origin PC's system, at least until we're able to create a larger library of test results. But even if you could connect three monitors to the more mainstream system, it's clearly not up to the task of smooth gaming at such extreme resolutions with high settings. On the other hand, the Millennium does pretty well at those extreme settings, although it did briefly dip below 20 FPS in Battlefield 3. Average frame rates remained relatively high on all the tests. However, if you’re a real stickler for gaming at 60 FPS and above, you’ll have to either keep your gaming confined to a single screen or dial back some detail options.