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Gaming Benchmarks: Metro 2033 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Next, we took on some post-apocalyptic shooters. Metro 2033 is new and tough on even modern systems. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. also provides a challenge.

Metro 2033
DX11 Gaming Performance

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 thereof 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 set the charts so that the best-performing system at the highest resolution is on top, which is why the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme is listed first; however, both the DS VIRTUE and AVADirect systems posted strong scores at every resolution, a good bit better than the rest of the field.

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.



The VIRTUE didn’t fare quite as well in S.T.A.L.K.E.R., but the gaps separating the scores are relatively small, so it was within reasonable range of all but the first-place finisher at 1920x1080 and 1280x1024; at 1024x768, it was actually the high scorer.

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