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Benchmark Results: Synthetics

System Builder Marathon: $2,500 Enthusiast PC

3DMark loves the 3-way SLI graphics setup of our newer-and-cheaper system, but its lead goes away at higher details.

PCMark’s system and productivity test scale almost directly with CPU operating frequency, showing no gains for the new features of our $2,500 PC’s Core i7 processor. Our new system’s RAID 5 array also lags behind the former build’s RAID 0, but users should appreciate its redundancy.

Sandra’s CPU tests show big performance gains for our $2,500 PC’s new processors, especially in the math test.

A combination of on-die memory controller and triple-channel memory configuration provides our new system with the expected memory bandwidth advantages.

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