System Builder Marathon, March 2012: $2600 Performance PC

Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra

Most Tom’s Hardware System Builder Marathon benchmarks are CPU-bottlenecked, and the benefits of Intel’s six-core Sandy Bridge-E architecture are most easily quantified using SiSoftware's Sandra. 

Amazingly, a 50% increase in core count yields a 66%-higher Sandra Arithmetic score. Even if the average gain in real-world testing is only half as large, we’ll still have a real winner in the new build.

The $2600 build's Arithmetic performance advantage is repeated in Sandra's Multimedia metric.

Quad-channel memory delivers, not surprisingly, roughly twice the throughput of a dual-channel controller in our comparison of this quarter's build to what came before. The previous configuration had the advantage of lower latencies to keep it from falling a full 50% behind, while today's machine, overclocked, has the advantage of higher data rates to push its bandwidth more than 100% above its predecessor.

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  • Steveymoo
    Thomas: Y U NO USE 2 GPU?

    But srsly, I don't get this set up... Why not scrap the expensive (and kinda pointless for gaming) 3930k, and spend the extra cash on a dual GPU set up?
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  • LePhuronn
    SteveymooWhy not scrap the expensive (and kinda pointless for gaming) 3930k, and spend the extra cash on a dual GPU set up?


    Because, as clearly stated in the introduction, this isn't a gaming rig - only 30% of the system's overall score is gaming.
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