System Builder Marathon, March 2011: Value Compared

Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat benchmark is GPU-constrained, even at our lowest settings. And yet, those limits are loose enough that even the $500 PC performs admirably.

CrossFire plays a big role in the $2000 machine's vast superiority over its $1000 competitor.

Our higher S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat benchmark settings generally result in a minimum FPS that’s around 1/3 of the average FPS. That would push playability to around 1280x1024 for the $500 PC and 1920x1080 for the $1000 PC. The $2000 machine might be able to go beyond 2560x1600, but we didn’t have the necessary monitors for everyone to test AMD EyeFinity.

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  • Anonymous
    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...
  • evilgenius134
    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.