System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $1000 Enthusiast PC

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

It looks like 3DMark prefers the Core i5-2500K/Radeon HD 6950 combo over the Core i5-750/GeForce GTX 470 by a notable margin, as we expected, with September’s overclocked system equaling the new PC’s stock performance.

3DMark doesn’t always mirror real-world game results, so we’ll see if this holds up in the benchmarks.

PCMark demonstrates notably better results in favor of the new system, except when it comes to the Hard Drive test score, where September’s PC performs slightly faster.

The Sandra tests mirror what we saw in PCMark, adding a memory bandwidth benchmark that delivers a clear win for the new system.

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