System Builder Marathon, March 2010: $3,000 Extreme PC

Benchmark Results: CoD:MW2 And Crysis

We changed our upper mid-range resolution from 1920x1200 to 1920x1080 pixels this month to reflect changes in the $200 panel market. Anyone looking for a good price on the formerly-popular resolution should probably buy a monitor now before these higher-value parts disappear completely.

Our latest Call of Duty benchmark is a cakewalk for this month’s system, in spite of its extraordinary details and our use of an ultra-intense test scenario. Overclocking the processor eliminates a CPU bottleneck that otherwise affects most settings, though a performance limit of 130-140 frames per second (FPS) isn’t really a problem.

Crysis still gives us headaches at 2560x1600 pixels, though overclocking helps it play more smoothly at that high resolution when using the benchmark tool’s “high quality” preset.

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  • mi1ez
    RAID SSDs? No TRIM support there then!
  • ch1llboy
    920? really tomshardware! I do look to you for advice often and to see you recommend a chip that has been replaced by the 930 kind shocks and disappoints me. I have confidence that you will make good and update your article. It is 2% more expensive and 5% higher clocked at stock. It overclocks better because it has the 21x multiplier. It removes the cpu blk wall for those of us on air buying 300+ motherboards that can take the blk to 215. It is what I'm buying because 4.4 ghz is better than 4.1.
  • BlackKnight7891
    It would be Nice to see some CPU\GPU temps through the testing especially when when testing the overclock against Crysis
  • LePhuronn
    Samsung SpinPoint F3s surely?
  • Anonymous
    hey all am looking for special desktop specs for animation design with high quality
  • mi1ez
    try the forums then rather than article comments...
  • LePhuronn
    Looking at it now, I'd also tweak things to run 2 5870s in Crossfire and drop the PSU to a 850W - games that don't benefit from Crossfire (i.e. GTA 4) will see better single-GPU performance from a full fat 5870 instead of the underclocked 5870 on the dual-GPU card, assuming of course that the 5970 is detected as an internal Crossfire setup by these games.