System Builder Marathon, March 2011: Value Compared

Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2 shows better CrossFire scaling than the previous two titles, with the $2000 PC’s base speed crushing the overclocked $1000 PC, even at our lowest test setting where system bottlenecks normally occur. Interestingly, the $1000 machine isn't all that much faster than the $500 build.

The $2000 PC passes its 2560x1600 target resolution, and the $1000 PC its 1920x1080 target at our higher Just Cause 2 settings. The $500 PC might be playable at 1680x1050, though 1280x1024 looks like a safer bet.

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  • These articles are always interesting, but...

    Could you please do an EU/UK SBM at some point? It's all very well looking at these to help decisions for our builds, but there can be big differences in relative pricing over here. It would, if nothing else, be an interesting comparision, plus you could run the giveaway open to us folks this side of the pond for a change...
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  • For builds across the ocean to the UK you can simply change the symbol as hardware has a tendency to be the same numerical value from US to the UK.
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