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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  • faster - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    I went to HP's website to check this bad boy out. Their base model was $2349, not $999. Thats a huge difference. Reply
  • SteveKosh - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    The H9 series startsat $999. But I do agree that it looks like it says it for the h9se. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    If you'll read the text, we specifically mention that the SNB-E config is the least sensible of all the H9 options. Reply
  • faster - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    It is also worth mentioning that they only offer 2 choices of video card - a 550ti or 6850. Fairly lame for a "high end" desktop costing over $2000. Reply
  • StrangerGuy - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    ...That's ugly as sin. And nothing screams cheapness like glossy plastic. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    Did you have a pizza party before the photo shoot? Wipe those fingerprints off! Reply
  • Dustin Sklavos - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    I did. Reply
  • TrackSmart - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    I appreciate that this comment leaves it ambiguous about whether Dustin had a pizza party (I hope) or wiped off the fingerprints (less fun). Good stuff! Reply
  • SteveKosh - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    "That leaves the highest performance users hanging in the breeze until March 7th when the AMD Radeon HD 7950 will become available."

    To my knowledge the 7950 is out already. I think you mean the 7850.
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  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    No, it means that HP is not offering the HD 7950 in the Phoenix until March 7. Reply

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