System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: $1,250 Enthusiast Build

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

As usual, 3DMark Vantage is the first synthetic we'll scrutinize, comparing this month's stock and overclocked configuration against last quarter's $1,300 setup.

Yes, the i7/GTX 260 SLI combo starts strong, but as resolution and detail are increased to the Extreme preset at 1920x1200, the AMD-based $1,250 system establishes a solid lead. Clearly, the four Radeon HD 4850s are showing their strengths here, despite the faster i7-920 processor from the April SBM build.

PCMark favors the April SBM's i7 platform by about 10-15% in general, but by 20-30% when it comes to the Memories test. No big surprises here, as the i7 is a formidable opponent for the Phenom II.

The SiSoft Sandra synthetic benchmarks tell the same story, with the Core i7-920 taking the lead, especially when it comes to memory bandwidth. The overclocked Phenom II X4 945 is able to reach the i7-920's stock speed when it comes to the multi-media benchmark, which is notable.

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  • mi1ez
    And remember, these systems are all being given away at the end of the marathon. Keep an eye on this space; this is where we'll post the link to enter the contest for all three systems once the series concludes!

    And remember folks, this competition is NOT open to UK residents!
  • rickbmb
    Nice !
    Interesting choice going with 4 cards, i wonder how much difference you would get with 2 x 4890, i bet it'd be real close to the 4 x 4850.
  • jimishtar
    four cards is simply stoopid. i mean, its 4850, who needs four of them??
  • broken_sticks
    if i won that machine, i'd swiftly put two of those GPUs to better use...
  • devilxc
    I assume the price for the intel computer was what it was in April and not now? If that is the case; the intel computer is cheaper, better at everything excluding gaming, about the same at gaming and cheaper to upgrade (2 cards instead of 4).

    Just a thought.