System Builder Marathon, March 2011: Value Compared

Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra

Sandra’s Arithmetic test pushes every physical core to its limit, so we’d expect the 3.3 GHz Sandy Bridge-based $1000 PC to have similar results to the 3.4 GHz Sandy Bridge-based $2000 machine. Likewise, we wouldn’t expect the $2000 machine’s Hyper-Threading technology (logical cores) to provide much benefit. Actual results crush our expectations.

Sandra's Multimedia test only closes the gap between $1000 and $2000 builds slightly.

The difference between CAS 9 and CAS 7 timing shouldn’t be enough to account for the wide variation in DDR3-1333 performance, yet the $500 machine falls far behind the $1000 build. The $2000 machine starts off with DDR3-1600 CAS 8, and overclocking allows it to reach DDR3-1866 at similar timings.

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  • Anonymous
    These articles are always interesting, but...

    Could you please do an EU/UK SBM at some point? It's all very well looking at these to help decisions for our builds, but there can be big differences in relative pricing over here. It would, if nothing else, be an interesting comparision, plus you could run the giveaway open to us folks this side of the pond for a change...
  • evilgenius134
    For builds across the ocean to the UK you can simply change the symbol as hardware has a tendency to be the same numerical value from US to the UK.