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Benchmark Results: 3D Games

System Builder Marathon: Performance & Value

It appears at first that the $1,250 system is required to play Crysis at any resolution, but not everyone requires those very-high details. At medium details, we reported that the $625 gamer could play somewhat smoothly at resolutions up to 1920x1200.

Anyone who can appreciate really high levels of detail and is willing to give up a little resolution in exchange for good anti-aliasing will find our $1,250 enthusiast system adequate where its $1,500 predecessor was lacking.

The $1250 machine blazes through Supreme Commander Forged Alliance with anti-aliasing-disabled, but gets significantly bogged down when the feature is set to 4x. Most users probably won’t notice the effects of aliasing at 1920x1200 pixels when using a 24” monitor. On the other hand, most players probably don’t need super-smooth frame rates for RTS games anyway.

In fact, long-suffering players may even find the $625 system suitable, if not comfortable to watch, at resolutions up to 1680x1050 with anti-aliasing disabled. Concerning the previous $500 build, we have to wonder how much pain an RTS player can tolerate.

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