Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System Review

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Far Cry 2 and Crysis

FarCry 2
DirectX Gaming Performance

FarCry 2

Like the original, FarCry 2 is one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date.  Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations.  We benchmarked the graphics cards in this article with a fully patched version of FarCry 2, using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map.  The test results shown here were run at a resolution of 1920x1200 with 8X AA and Ultra High Quality presets enabled concurrently.

Compared to the test systems in this group, we witnessed a massive performance improvement in Far Cry 2. The Aurora ALX, featuring dual ATI 5870 graphics cards in CrossFire, cut through this benchmark like a hot knife through warm butter. It was not an easy task as FarCry 2 is a notoriously difficult benchmark, especially with image quality settings maximized. 

Crysis v1.21
DirectX 10 Gaming Performance


Crytek's game engine visuals in Crysis are some of the most impressive real-time 3D renderings we've seen to date on a computer screen. The engine employs some of the latest techniques in 3D rendering like Parallax Occlusion Mapping, Subsurface Scattering, Motion Blur, and Depth-of-Field effects, as well as an impressive use of Shader technology. The single player, FPS Crysis is a smash-hit, and rightfully so. We patched the game to v1.2 with all of the game's visual settings to 'High' at 1920x1200 resolution to put a significant load on the systems' graphics engines being tested.

Another impressive showing by Alienware's gaming system gives us the highest Crysis frame rates we've recorded to date. And its not just an incremental increase of a few fps. The Aurora ALX provides a 33.8% increase over the closest system thanks to its powerful Radeon HD 5870 CrossFire configuration. 

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