SBM 5: Price/Performance

3D Games, Continued

FEAR gets just as much boost from fast graphics configurations as it does from high processor speeds even when using the game's most basic graphics settings. Cranking up Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering puts even more favor on the higher-performance graphics configurations of the mid-priced and high-end systems, and all the CPU overclocking in the world can't help the low-priced system catch up.

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