Alienware Aurora R3 System Autopsy

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Metro 2033 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Metro 2033
DX11 Gaming Performance

Metro 2033

Metro 2033 is your basic post-apocalyptic first person shooter game with a few rather unconventional twists. Unlike most FPS titles, there is no health meter to measure your level of ailment, but rather you’re left to deal with life, or lack there-of more akin to the real world with blood spatter on your visor and your heart rate and respiration level as indicators. The game is loosely based on a novel by Russian Author Dmitry Glukhovsky. Metro 2003 boasts some of the best 3D visuals on the PC platform currently including a DX11 rendering mode that makes use of advanced depth of field effects and character model tessellation for increased realism.

Metro 2033 put the hurt on the Aurora R3, at least at higher resolutions with everything turned way up. You'll have to make concessions in one or both of these areas, but once you do, the combination of Intel's Core i7 2600K processor and two mid-range GPUs results in smooth gameplay.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Call of Pripyat
DX11 Gaming Performance


Call of Pripyat is the third game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series and throws in DX11 to the mix. This benchmark is based on one of the locations found within the latest game. Testing includes four stages and utilizes various weather conditions, as well as different time of day settings. It offers a number of presets and options, including multiple versions of DirectX, resolutions, antialiasing, etc. SunShafts represents the most graphically challenging stage available. We conducted our testing with DX11 enabled, multiple resolutions, and Ultra settings.

Finishing up our gamut of game tests is one final DirectX 11 title at a variety of resolutions. We also list the minimum framrate at each resolution to give you an idea of what sort of worst-case scenario(s) you can expect. Once again, we see the dual 6950 graphics card start to give way at higher resolutions, but bursting with energy at lower resolutions. Bear in mind that we're running S.T.A.L.K.E.R. on Ultra High, so the results here are very good.

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