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Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark

System Builder Marathon Bonus: Newegg Customer Choice PC
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3DMark appears to favor the Customer Choice PC’s GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards in SLI over the single Radeon HD 7970 that shows up in our $1300 build. Because those GeForce boards were so overclockable, their advantage only grows after our tweaking efforts.

PCMark favors the Customer Choice PC’s 128 GB SSD over the $1300 PC’s 64 GB part, and by a larger than expected margin.

The big performance difference seen in PCMark’s overall score is most easily found when we drill down to its Starting Applications benchmark profile. While the difference appears either impressive or frightening, these three tests together make up only 10% of the value score’s overall performance calculation. So, Don's setup isn't completely doomed just yet.

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    Steveymoo , 30 March 2012 18:45
    Honestly, if you're a super (rich) enthusiast wanting to play games at 2560x1600, you're probably more likely to drop money on the best kit. For the majority of enthusiast gamers though, 1080p at Ultra detail settings is absolutely fine. Qudos for trying this out, Nvidia's #60 branded cards in SLI have really struck a chord with the gaming community, they offer sweet performance per dollar, and outclass the top end single GPU solutions in most situations, power inefficiency is a trade-off that most gamers are prepared to make. Looking forward to seeing what Nvidia pull out of the bag for the 660's.
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    HEXiT , 31 March 2012 03:39
    DUE TO LEGAL REQUIREMENTS, THIS CONTEST IS LIMITED TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE USA (EXCLUDING RI) AND 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.

    this sux big time... come on guys the uk is missing out on some great chances to win with toms...