Lenovo IdeaCentre Erazer X700 Gaming PC Review

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.

At 1920x1080, the Erazer X700 is breathing down the neck of 100 frames per second, falling just short of the magical three-digit mark. At lower resolutions, blasting into three-digit territory comes easy. Suffice to say, DX10 titles like Far Cry 2 are more than playable with all the settings maxed out.

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.

The Erazer drops to the bottom in Lost Planet 2, though it's also waving around the slowest graphics card of the bunch. Though it's not an apples to apples comparison between systems, you can see how performance scales with higher end graphics cards. Upgrading to a GeForce GTX 670 or above, for example, should boost framerates in the Erazer X700 by a significant amount.

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