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iBUYPOWER Paladin Desktop Gaming PC Review - Gaming Tests

iBUYPOWER Paladin Desktop Gaming PC Review
We're taking a look at iBUYPOWER's Haswell-powered Paladin desktop gaming system. This top-of-the-line system kicks some serious ass.
By: | Gaming Desktop PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 29, 2013 1:03 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: iBUYPOWER

3DMark Vantage


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1.0

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3DMark Vantage tests both processor and graphics performance and is a good indication of how systems compare. The results are generally more repeatable and consistent than other forms of benchmarking. Vantage uses DirectX 10 and can handle multi-core CPUs.




The Paladin produced a respectable 32,478 score in Vantage. This puts it in second place behind the iBUYPOWER Chimera.


Diving into the individual scores, the Paladin posted a 29,616 CPU score, which is just behind the top systems. The Paladin's GPU score also fell behind the Chimera, but only by a little.



3DMark 11


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3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular benchmark. Designed to measure your PC's gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.




The Paladin produced a 3DMark 11 score of 5,695, putting it behind the iBUYPOWER Chimera.


Individual scores for the CPU and GPU are both also just behind the Chimera's.



3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0

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Fire Strike is a new test that is designed for powerful gaming desktops. We have checked the "Extreme" test option to make it that much more torturing on the system. Overall, CPU, and GPU scores are reported.




The newest 3DMark allows the newer iBUYPOWER Paladin to shine. It produces the top score of any system with a combined score of 5,886, way above the other systems. The individual GPU score of the Paladin blows every other system out of the water.



Battlefield 3


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Battlefield 3 is one of the most requested benchmarks, so we have finally added it. Frame rates are recorded for 60 seconds starting in the first part of campaign when the character picks up the gun and is played through until just after the train explodes. The game is played three times in that manner with the results being averaged together and reported.


Settings are 1920x1080 for the resolution with the "Graphics Quality" set to Ultra.




Further showing the strength of the Paladin, it produced the best average frame rate of any of our tested desktops, beating out the other desktops that performed better in synthetic testing.



Crysis 3


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Crysis 3 is run at 1920 x 1080 resolution with the graphics specifications set to "Very High." No anti-aliasing is used. See picture above for full details. The test is ran three times due to higher variability than the other benchmarks. FRAPS is used to record 60 seconds worth of FPS data and recording starts at the start of the campaign and finishes most of the way up the tower. The game is played in a similar manner each time.




Once again, the Paladin takes the top position. But not only did the Paladin blow the other systems out of the water, over the three test runs, the Paladin produced identical average frame rates, which is really impressive. The minimum and maximum frame rates were within one frame of each other over all three tests.

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