Alienware M17x R4 (2012), Ivy Bridge and Kepler Refresh

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Game Tests: Metro 2033, Far Cry 2

Next we fired up some high-end game engines to allow the Alienware M17x to stretch its legs with leading-edge game titles and rendering effects at play.

Metro 2033
DirectX 10 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. We tested the game engine using the Metro 2033 benchmark tool.

We suppose there's bound to be a weak score here or there, and the Metro 2033 test is apparently it. Although the M17x fell to the two dual-GPU configurations, it still posted far better scores than any other single-card setup in the group.

Far Cry 2
DirectX 10 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 test systems in this article with the FarCry 2 benchmark tool using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map. 

Here we see both how a dual graphics configuration can deliver strong results at high resolutions and also how one really fantastic GPU can take the cake. In the higher-res test, the M17x scored just about on par with the two dual-graphics M18x systems, although at a lower resolution our system outpaced them handily.

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