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Gaming Benchmarks: Far Cry 2 and Lost Planet 2

With synthetic benchmarks completed, we dove into some of the best-known and graphics-intensive games in the market. We started with Far Cry 2, which won’t strain a modern system, but will give us a look at the rig’s DX10 capabilities. Then we took a look at Lost Planet 2, which boasts DX11, tessellation, and some stunning water effects.

Far Cry 2
DX10 Gaming Performance

Far Cry 2
 When it comes to lush vegetation in a steaming, sinister jungle, no one pulls it off quite like Ubisoft does in its Far Cry series. Far Cry 2 uses high quality textures, complex shaders, and dynamic lighting to create a realistic environment.


Although the Falcon Northwest Tiki and AVADirect Mini Gaming PC provided identical frame rates in Far Cry 2 at 1280 x 1024, the Mini Gaming PC eked out a lead of a couple fps in our other two test resolutions. The remaining systems weren’t able to keep up.

Lost Planet 2
DX11 Gaming Performance
 
Lost Planet 2
We used Lost Planet 2 to test the system’s DX11 performance. This game’s benchmark features soldiers attempting to take down a massive beast that seems to shrug off their firepower. There is a ton of action in the five or so minutes that the benchmark runs, and we’ve seen the test stutter when being run by lesser systems. We used Test B and set all graphics settings to High Quality. We also boosted the Anti-Aliasing setting to 4x before we ran the benchmark.
 


Here, the Falcon Northwest Tiki left the other SFFs behind and even offered better frame rates that CyberPower’s Gamer Xtreme 5200. The action was fluid and the explosions looked impressive.


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