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Ironside Cyclone Desktop Gaming PC (with custom TweakTown airbrushing) Review

By: Trace Hagan | Gaming Desktop PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 13, 2013 7:28 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Ironside Computers

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 Cyclone produced a decent Vantage score, receiving 17,380 Marks. Individually, the GPU scored 17,268, which is about what we would expect. The CPU is shown to be weaker, receiving a score of 19,813.



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.




Diving into the 3DMark11 benchmark, we see that the Cyclone can hang with some of the best systems we've had in for review. It falls in just behind the Haswell-powered ODE with a score of 4,154. Individual scores show that the CPU is the weakest out of those we've tested, but the GPU does quite well, performing near the level of the GTX 780.



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 does a little bit better job of separating the men from the boys. The Cyclone falls further behind the ODE and even drops below the SFF Revolt. Part of this would be due to the weaker CPU, but the GPU also falls slightly behind the Revolt.



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.




Now that we're into real-world testing, you can see that the weaker CPU isn't that important. The Cyclone provides an average frame rate of 79.2 FPS, which is respectable and enough to play Battlefield 3 without any issues.



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 Cyclone proves itself as a capable gaming machine by providing an average frame rate of 36.7 FPS. It still is falling in between the Revolt and Bolt, both of which are SFF gaming machines.

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