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Game Benchmarks: Real-Time Strategy And Flight Simulator

System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: $1,250 Enthusiast Build

This game is clearly CPU-limited, but with the AMD system pushing out 50+ frames per second (FPS), it's not a concern. Note that the AMD system pushes the same frame rates at 2560x1600 as it does at 1280x1024.

H.A.W.X. wasn't part of our benchmarking suite during our last SBM, so we can only compare our current system against its overclocked variant. The overclock shows some advantage, but it's completely theoretical as the ultra-high 2560x1600 resolution is pumping out over 100 FPS at stock speeds with 4x AA enabled.

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    mi1ez , 25 September 2009 17:07
    And remember, these systems are all being given away at the end of the marathon. Keep an eye on this space; this is where we'll post the link to enter the contest for all three systems once the series concludes!

    And remember folks, this competition is NOT open to UK residents!
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    rickbmb , 26 September 2009 08:57
    Nice !
    Interesting choice going with 4 cards, i wonder how much difference you would get with 2 x 4890, i bet it'd be real close to the 4 x 4850.
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    jimishtar , 26 September 2009 23:58
    four cards is simply stoopid. i mean, its 4850, who needs four of them??
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    broken_sticks , 29 September 2009 19:49
    if i won that machine, i'd swiftly put two of those GPUs to better use...
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    devilxc , 5 October 2009 19:44
    I assume the price for the intel computer was what it was in April and not now? If that is the case; the intel computer is cheaper, better at everything excluding gaming, about the same at gaming and cheaper to upgrade (2 cards instead of 4).

    Just a thought.