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Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra

System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: Value Compared
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The $2000 PC barely edges out the $1000 build in SiSoft Sandra's Arithmetic test, even though it has 50% more cores to perform the computations, and even though all of those cores are running at a higher frequency.

AMD does a great job with Intel’s SSE instruction sets, giving the six-core $2000 system its rightful lead over the quad-core $1000 PC.

Sandra’s Memory Bandwidth benchmark provides far more interesting results. We’ve often seen that Intel’s dual-channel memory controller has a little more bandwidth than AMD’s, so it’s no surprise to see the stock-clocked $1000 build edge out the stock-clocked $2000 system by a difference of 2 GB/s.

Increasing the $1000 system’s base clock without increasing memory voltage forced its builder to drop the memory multiplier, handing a huge win to the AMD-based $2000 PC.

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    silverblue , 10 September 2010 16:19
    I'm a little dubious as to why you'd even bother putting an X6 into such an expensive machine. I simply don't think it is necessary. Perhaps that CPU in a $1,000 build and an i7-930 or something in a $2,000 one?
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    Silmarunya , 11 September 2010 02:39
    silverblueI'm a little dubious as to why you'd even bother putting an X6 into such an expensive machine. I simply don't think it is necessary. Perhaps that CPU in a $1,000 build and an i7-930 or something in a $2,000 one?


    I must say I think it's a stupid idea to add a hexacore to a gaming system, no matter the cost. A Phenom II X4 965, i5-760 or i7-930 would all have been equal to or better than the X6 1055 for games, and the 965 and 760 don't cost more either.

    For the high budget build, an i7-930 would have been ideal as its clock for clock performance is far better than that of an 1055T.

    A pretty odd CPU choice if you ask me, for a gaming system at least.
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    silverblue , 11 September 2010 03:42
    At the very least, give it the 1090T.