New test methods cut the $2000 machine’s drive performance lead in half compared to our March 2011 Comparison, and four times the money now gets $2000 machine builders only twice the performance of the $500 build. There is such a thing as diminishing returns though, so we'd expect to see some value fall-off as prices increase.
Using the $500 machine as a baseline makes an efficiency comparison easier.
Overclocking actually reduced the efficiency of our $500 and $1000 machines, while the $2000 machine got a performance boost that was approximate to its increased energy consumption. A more-favorable set of drive benchmarks could have noticeably improved the big system’s placement here.
- Is Newer Better?
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power And Heat
- Combined Performance And Efficiency
- Value Conclusion