In Dirt 3 we played an entire level from start to finish running three laps and running everything at maximum settings at 1920x1080 resolution. We used fraps to record from start to finish and to measure the minimum, maximum and average frames. We got a minimum frame rate of 43 FPS, an average for 74 FPS and a maximum of 101 FPS. This translates to the fact that even though this is a brand new game, the Maingear Shift with Dual GeFore GTX 560Ti’s in SLI combined with the 2600K @ 4.8GHz manhandles it like it was an old game.
In Metro 2033, we played through the first level of the game once again on full settings. This game has been known to bring systems to their knees with all of its graphical features and detail. Even at 1920x1080 and at full settings the system was able to maintain an average FPS of 50 and a maximum of 114 while only dipping down as far as 24 FPS. Although 24 FPS does seem like it would be a worrisome frame rate, we did not once appear to experience any actual lag.
Since Portal 2 is also a newer game we chose to include it, even though the engine it is based upon isn’t necessarily as intensive as the other two. In portal 2, we decided to play through the first full level entirely and obtained expectedly sky high frame rates. The minimum frame rate for Portal 2 was 152 FPS and the Average was 249 FPS with the Maximum frame rate peaking at 302 FPS.
Based on our findings, you shouldn’t have any problems playing any new games on this system. Be those games that launch today, or months away… like Battlefield 3 or Skyrim.
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