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Benchmark Results: Synthetics

System Builder Marathon, March 2010: $3,000 Extreme PC

3DMark performance is indicative of very little, really, yet many buyers look to its results as the definitive guide for hardware selection. We take its numbers with a grain of salt, and you might want to do the same.

We see a 39% average performance difference from overclocking, but hope the final tally of today’s benchmarks will be higher.

PCMark’s hard drive bias is so strong that this month’s dual SSD RAID 0 array should annihilate the results of less-expensive competitors. However, synthetic benchmarks are not counted in the value analysis.

Sandra’s CPU tests show a 52% gain from overclocking.

Previous reviews have shown limited benefit for triple-channel mode and high data rates in actual applications, but at least Sandra can detect the 24% improvement in memory throughput.

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