CyberPower Gamer Extreme 3000 Core i7 860 System

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Left 4 Dead, Far Cry 2, Crysis

Left 4 Dead
DirectX Gaming Performance

Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead is a co-operative, survival horror, first-person shooter that was developed by Turtle Rock Studios, which was purchased by Valve part-way into development. Like Half Life 2, the game uses the Source engine, however, the visual in L4D are far superior to anything seen in the Half Life universe to date. The game pits four Survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive zombies. We tested the game at resolutions of 1,280 x1024, 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1,200 with 8X anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled and all in game graphical options set to their maximum values.

Left 4 Dead is one of our favorite games for many reasons. One of them is the fact that you can max out eye candy settings and still play the game stutter free with a decent setup. As you can see, the CyberPower system cut through our L4D benchmarks like a hot knife though butter and averaged 133 frames per second at 1920x1200 resolution and 8X AA.

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.

The built in benchmark of Far Cry 2 is one of the best in determining real world game play performance. Here, we saw an average frame rate of 50.38 fps. This is very close to the top speed of 51.9 fps posted by the F970 and almost doubles the frame rate of the GT3.

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.

Despite its age, Crysis is still a difficult game to run with image quality settings maxed out. As a result, we ran our tests with no AA but applied High settings where possible. Our test system produced playable frame rates of 51.6 fps but was about 5 fps slower than the iBuyPower gaming system. Still, the test ran smooth with no noticeable stuttering.

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