Page 1:From CPU To GPU: Shifting The Balance
Page 2:Graphics, CPU, And Motherboard
Page 3:Memory And Storage
Page 4:Case, Cooling, And Power
Page 5:Building Our $2,000 PC
Page 7:Benchmark And System Configurations
Page 8:Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Page 9:Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
Page 10:Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
Page 11:Benchmark Results: Skyrim And StarCraft II
Page 12:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 13:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 14:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 15:Does This Quarter's Build Beat Our Previous Effort?
Benchmark Results: Productivity
Just when we thought this quarter's Core i7-3770K might not get embarrassed too badly in our well-threaded benchmarks, Photoshop and 3ds Max remind us why we like to experiment with processors built on Intel's Sandy Bridge-E architecture.
Adobe's app appears to benefit most from the added cores, while 3ds Max is a little more rewarding of Ivy Bridge's IPC throughput improvements (though not enough to let it overtake the Core i7-3930K's raw compute muscle).
None of our file compression software appears capable of using more than the Core i7-3770K's four cores. Clock rate reigns supreme, with last quarter's higher overclock leading the way.
Now, bear in mind that we purposely try to maintain a common benchmark suite through the System Builder Marathon in order to facilitate comparisons from one month to the next. This quarter, we updated that suite to include newer versions of all of these tests, which better-utilize available resources. You'll see those results in our Day 4 comparison. For now, though, old software versions help explain why the Core i7-3930K isn't being used to its full potential.
The ABBYY FineReader results are a little harder to figure out, appearing to favor extra cores only part of the time. The Q3 system’s non-overclocked performance might have been worsened by its use of Intel's RSTe storage driver, and a higher score at that setting would have eliminated our head-scratching.
- From CPU To GPU: Shifting The Balance
- Graphics, CPU, And Motherboard
- Memory And Storage
- Case, Cooling, And Power
- Building Our $2,000 PC
- Benchmark And System Configurations
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: Skyrim And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Does This Quarter's Build Beat Our Previous Effort?