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System Builder Marathon, March 2012: System Value Compared

Benchmark Results: DiRT 3

The $1300 build continues pushing for big numbers in DiRT 3, actually beating the stock $2600 build at Ultra quality and 2560x1600. It’s too bad that neither its motherboard nor CPU are suitable for “reasonable” overclocking. Another couple hundred megahertz from Turbo Boost could have helped pushed frame rates even higher at CPU-bound settings.

Amazingly, the $650 build continues to demonstrate playable 1920x1080 results at our highest tested detail levels. Paul's mission appears accomplished!

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.