Benchmark Results: Crysis
The $2,500 machine’s big gamble, using only three high-end graphics cards to defeat the four mainstream-performance cards of the $1,250 machine, pays off in a Crysis win. One still wonders how much larger the win may have been had a forth card been purchased, rather than the pricey SSD drives.
Both machines drop below our recommended 40 FPS minimum when using Crysis’ Very High detail preset at 2560x1600. The $2,500 build is too close for comfort, making the money shifted from graphics to storage look like a questionable bet. Perhaps more important is the $650 machine’s ability to play these settings at 1280x1024, which is still a viable resolution for $99 gaming monitors.