Gaming Performance

Since we refreshed our gaming benchmark suite, we've had to start from scratch on our gaming charts. Unfortunately that means we've seen two GeForce GTX 580-based systems and a single GeForce GTX 555, which is the reason why the "Unknown Sample" with its Radeon HD 7970 has been included. The recent Skyrim 1.4 patch and high resolution texture pack also invalidated some of our test results with AVADirect's silent gaming system, so those have been omitted.

Batman: Arkham City

Battlefield 3

Civilization V

DiRT 3

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Portal 2

Total War: Shogun 2

The GeForce GTX 580 may be in its last days, but it's still plenty of graphics card for our 1080p testing suite. Hopefully Kepler will bring support for three displays with it, because gaming technology just hasn't been keeping up with the performance available from our current graphics hardware at this resolution. Even QWXGA and QHD (e.g. 30" and 27" high-resolution displays) can generally run off a single GTX 580 or HD 7970 with all the settings cranked up.

System Performance Build, Heat, and Power Consumption
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  • Dr0id - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    And it needs to lose the tacky stickers on the very plasticky case. Reply
  • marc1000 - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    this computer looks a LOT like my "ancient" mid-tower HP desktop, that i bought some 4-5 years ago. reverse-mounted motherboard, fan at bottom-back (but this time it is a liquid-cooler and pushes air out), and tilted hard-drive cage with only 2 3.5" hdd slots (but this time it is 2 2.5 and 1 3.5).

    the main difference is that this one is a bit bigger and has better looks. I can't fit a GTX580 on my case, but I have a 2500k with a 5770 here and for a small case it does a pretty nice job of keeping things cool. I just put 2 fans as intake (9cm and 12cm) on bottom back/right panels and they push all hot air out. no out-take fans for me.

    in general, i really like this design.
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  • IceDread - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    I don't think I've ever seen an uglier computer. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    I did, but that was in the 90's. Reply
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    I'm not sure if we're looking at the same case.

    It looks like any <INSERT PC MANUFACTURER HERE> generic PC in the last ~7 years or something, after they settled on fat plastic bezels that are black, and cheap looking steel panels.

    I also think the spec is a bit ridiculous.

    "When we asked why the 7970 wasn't being offered, HP's representatives said it was an issue of maintaining a price point."

    Wait, what.. you think someone who buys a 6 core Sandy Bridge-E with 16GB RAM gives two shits about the price point?

    I'd rather have a 2600K with a healthy clock bump, 8GB RAM, and a 7970.
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  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    Sorry, that said, 16GB RAM is actually dirt cheap these days, but I still think it's basically pointless in the life of the machine for the AVERAGE user. Reply
  • Golgatha - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    "When we asked why the 7970 wasn't being offered, HP's representatives said it was an issue of maintaining a price point."

    That confused me too. I get the part about only using a single GPU because of the form factor and power supply, but someone buying an Extreme edition socket 2011 CPU isn't exactly looking at bang-for-buck ratios.
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  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    HD 7970 is brand new and commands a price premium. It probably means that HP couldn't get as large of a volume discount as they'd like. AMD is basically selling all of the 7970 cards they make right now for full price, so why should they sell 50K to HP at a discount when they could just continue selling them to end users for more money? Reply
  • Herp Derpson - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    All prebuild PCs have horrible CPU\GPU ratio. In games Core i5-2500 will give you same fps and money could be spend on additional GPU. Hell, even i3-2100 will be the same in almost all games. It's like builders have no idea that GPU is always bottleneck.
    And of course nvidia bias. There is absolutely no reason to buy 580 now.
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  • tipoo - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    That was one sweet case, I wish they sold that as a standalone. Also the last Voodo Omen. The Firebird wasn't as appealing since it had a smaller upgrade path but it could have been interesting to some people. Sucks that HP shut all of that down after buying Voodo out. Reply

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