System Builder Marathon, March 2012: $1250 Enthusiast PC

Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 is a very graphics-dependent game, so the results should come down to the horsepower of our Radeon-based graphics cards.

Whoa. The Radeon HD 6950s in CrossFire from last quarter's System Builder Marathon beat the Radeon HD 7970 at every combination of resolutions and settings, except 1280x1600 at Ultra details.


Unfortunately, Skyrim automatically gets patched through Steam. As we discovered yesterday in Paul's story, a patch that appeared between last quarter (when we ran our comparison data) and today affected performance so significantly that we can't compare our two systems in this title. As such the numbers you're about to see don't mean a whole heck of a lot.

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  • naveenk
    Why is it mentioned PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 in the specs list, but 7970 in rest of the article.....Bad typo
  • 13thmonkey
    so you crippled the build to save £18 on the processor, although I suppose it meant you could choose a P67 mobo. doesn't seem to be a good move.