Systemax Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC

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Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06 & F.E.A.R

Futuremark 3DMark06
DirectX Gaming Performance

3DMark06's default test is a multi-threaded "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems.  This test consists of different 3D scenes that are generated with a software and hardware GPU renderers, which are also dependant on the host CPU's performance. In its CPU tests, the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the central processor.  GPU rendering tests employ a mix of SM2.0, SM3.0 and HDR techniques and effects. 

With 3DMark06's default test, the Systemax Sabre was the top performer.  The next best system was the Athlon FX-60 based Voodoo Omen which trailed by close to 600 3DMarks.  In the end, the Systemax Sabre was the only system to break the 10K mark in 3DMark06's default run.

Performance Comparisons with F.E.A.R
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One of the most highly anticipated titles of 2005 was Monolith's paranormal thriller F.E.A.R. Taking a look at the minimum system requirements, we see that you will need at least a 1.7GHz Pentium 4 with 512MB of system memory and a 64MB graphics card, that is a Radeon 9000 or GeForce4 Ti-class or better, to adequately run the game. Using the full retail release of the game patched to v1.03, we put the graphics cards in this review through their paces to see how they fared with a popular title. Here, all graphics settings within the game were set to the maximum values, but with soft shadows disabled (Soft shadows and anti-aliasing do not work together currently). Benchmark runs were then completed at a resolution 1600x1200, with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.


With F.E.A.R.'s internal performance test, the Sabre ran 5 FPS slower than the reference X6800 test bed and 2 FPS slower than the E6700 system.  It looks like the SLI configured systems have an advantage over the Crossfire set up, but it's so minimal that the pendulum could swing either way with a driver update.  When you look at the AMD based systems, it's evident that the SLI systems run F.E.A.R. a bit faster than the Crossfire setups.

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