Dell XPS 730 H2C Performance Gaming System

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Crysis v1.2
DirectX 10 Gaming Performance


If you're at all into enthusiast computing, the highly anticipated single player, FPS smash-hit Crysis, should require no introduction. Crytek's game engine visuals are easily the most impressive real-time 3D renderings we've seen on the computer screen to date.  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 some of the most impressive use of Shader technology we've seen yet.  In short, for those of you that want to skip the technical jib-jab, Crysis is HOT.  We ran the full game patched to v1.2 with all of the game's visual options set to 'High' to put a significant load on the graphics cards being tested.

Oddly, our Crysis benchmark gave us another strange result. Here we see that the dual Radeon HD 3870 X2 configuration is not the best. However, the XPS 730 H2C puts up a lower than expected score. It managed to be slower than our own quad-Crossfire system, despite having a faster processor and memory. We tried this benchmark many times to ensure that our result was not a fluke and each time we had the same result. We can only attribute this discrepancy between the XPS' performance and our own quad-Crossfire system to differences in the system configurations and drivers. Hopefully in the near future Dell will have a resolution. However, despite this issue, the XPS has enough power to still manage to be perfectly playable at these graphics settings.

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