System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $2,000 Performance PC

Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra

Getting two high-end graphics cards into the current build forced us to scale back from last quarter's six-core CPU. And yet, that same processor's 50%-greater core count required a 4.5%-higher overclock to show 50%-greater performance. As we already know, Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture enjoys slighting better IPC throughput, giving it a slight per-cycle advantage. 

With 50% more cores to throw into threaded workloads, a 4.5%-higher overclock to accelerate all benchmarks, and 83% more memory bandwidth, last quarter's build should lead in every real-world test except for the games. Will the new build’s 3D prowess be great enough to secure an average performance lead?

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  • Steveymoo
    I was getting ready to whine about power consumption with those AMD cards, but it looks like they're not so bad! I'd be interested to know how loud/whiny this system gets, and how it would perform with 2 gtx 680s instead.

    Also, I find it weird that those crossfire GPUs fall flat on their face at 2560 resolution in some games. Is there some kind of crossfire/gpu memory issue going on there?