iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC V2
Left 4 Dead, ARMA 2
Left 4 Dead is a co-operative, survival-based, first person shooter with a horror genre as the backdrop, leaving you to fight off the seemingly endless zombie hordes. Based on the latest version of Valve’s Source engine, additional improvements have been added such as physics-based animation and multi-core processor suport. Atmospheric lighting, self-casting shadows, and volumetric smoke and fog effects have drastically improved the look of the Source engine. Antialiasing is set to 8x, anisotropic filtering to 16x, and all lighting and texture settings are set to the highest level possible. A custom timedemo is used to record framerates.
Left 4 Dead framerates are very high with no bottlenecks whatsoever, and we see that the Paladin manages to crush this game at any resolution and certainly also benefits from the multicore support. The Radeon 4890’s in Crossfire simply thrash Left 4 Dead.
ARMA 2 is a tactical shooter/combat simulator that features highly detailed environments and scenarios, in what some call the ultimate realism shooter. It features realistic day-night cycles, changing weather, fog and visibility, and a view distance of up to 10 kilometres. It is extremely taxing on graphics cards and can cripple even the most hardcore systems at higher resolutions when all the visual effects are enabled, as we’ve done in our testing.
ARMA 2 does not appear to be optimized well for Crossfire yet, and we hope improvements will come over time. Nonetheless, ARMA 2 puts the hurt on just about any gaming system on the planet at high resolutions, so we recommend turning down the graphics settings slightly to improve framerates. That being said, the Paladin does a very respectable job when playing the game, and the visual quailty is stunning.
The bottom line here is that the Paladin XLC V2 puts up some great numbers across the board; in fact, it chewed through every game at 1920 resolution at max settings except for Crysis Warhead, which is to be expected. It tore through Call of Duty: World at War in a packed Deathmarch server, posted consistent frames in Terran Conflict, and handled Crysis Warhead very respectably too. As a gaming rig, the Paladin XLC V2 is indeed a powerful beast in a small package.