iBUYPOWER Erebus GT Gaming System Review

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Far Cry 2 and Lost Planet 2

FarCry 2 is an aging game title but it's DX10 powered engine still renders gorgeous visuals. Here we cranked up AA to 8X levels just to clean up pixels a bit more and put a strain on our test systems.

FarCry 2
DX10 Gaming Performance
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 various resolutions and settings.

Although all of the systems shown here handled FC2 at various resolutions without any trouble, the Erebus GT made a mockery of this benchmark.

Lost Planet 2
DX11 Gaming Performance
A follow-up to Capcom’s Lost Planet : Extreme Condition, Lost Planet 2 is a third person shooter that takes place again on E.D.N. III ten years after the story line of the first title. We ran the game’s DX11 mode which makes heavy use of DX11 Tessellation and Displacement mapping and soft shadows. There are also areas of the game that make use of DX11 DirectCompute for things like wave simulation in areas with water. This is one game engine that looks significantly different in DX11 mode when you compare certain environmental elements and character rendering in its DX9 mode versus DX11. We used the Test B option built into the benchmark tool and with all graphics options set to their High Quality values.

The scores for LP2 are far more interesting than those of FC2 above. At higher resolutions, only the Erebus GT can handle the benchmark without breaking a sweat; even at 1024x768, only the HP and iBUYPOWER Gamer Power rigs can deliver acceptable framerates, leaving the Dell XPS 8300 out in the cold.

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