System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $2000 Performance PC

Benchmark Results: CoD: Modern Warfare 2 And Crysis

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is extremely CPU-limited by our Phenom II X6 1055T, even when it’s overclocked to 4 GHz.

Our recent PCIe Scaling article showed the same problem (to a slightly lesser degree) when using these same cards with a 4 GHz Core i7, and we probably would have crossed the SLI set off our shopping list had we previously know the issue would be this bad.

The processing load limit in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 finally begins to shift from CPU to GPU limitations at 2560x1600 with 4x AA. Unfortunately, resolutions this high won’t be used in our Day 4 system value comparison.

Crysis appears slightly less CPU-bound than our previous benchmark, but its performance curve still indicates a bottleneck at anything less than our highest setting.

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  • LePhuronn
    I think the conclusion of this piece says it all - the desire to cram 6 cores and top-end SLI into a system blinded the author to the viability of it all. Isn't it pretty common knowledge that top-end multi GPU setups are ALWAYS a waste running below crazy resolutions? Haven't there been enough benches to show that the 1055T isn't as great as we all hoped, especially compared to similarly-priced i7s?

    Always nice to see system builds, but this one was a real shame in both the final results and also the mentality behind the component selection.
  • Phoenixlight
    Should have used the 1090T instead, it's not that much more expensive.
  • LePhuronn
    phoenixlightShould have used the 1090T instead, it's not that much more expensive.

    Arguably shouldn't have used a X6 at all - if you're dropping in SLI GTX 480s then you're building a gaming rig and the X6 doesn't give much more than the X4s.

    Or if you're dropping in a 6-core then you're building a productivity unit so you don't need the SLI.

    I know both sets of benches are included to show what performance is like, but you just can't really get a machine that does both for "only" 2 grand.

    Maybe the builds should be more focused to one or other in the future - we get monthly gaming CPU and GPU analysis and nothing about media creators, so perhaps the system builds should focus on gaming too?

    Just a thought.
  • 10hellfire01
    I just wonder if the system is bottlenecking at all. I know 3x 480s with an i7 930 for example starts to bottleneck. But I've always wanted to see more indepth results with 2-3x GTX 480s and an X6.
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