System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $2000 PC

Benchmark Results: DiRT 2

DiRT 2 is the second gaming benchmark to show us what appears to be a CPU bottleneck. But that can't be right, since the current system is clocked higher that the previous system.

We again confirmed that the true bottleneck was memory response time, where using better memory with either lower latency or higher frequency settings cured the problem.

As we would have expected from a CPU bottleneck, memory bottlenecks begin to disappear as we approach the limits of the graphics sub-system. That means the higher the detail levels, the higher the current system appears on our charts.

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  • zanmatoer
    "The number of pixels in a 2560x1600 display is slightly higher than those of three 1280x1024 displays, so the new $2500 PC could be a good choice for Nvidia Surround gaming."

    I'm fairly certain that's supposed to be " the new $2000 PC could be..."

    Looking forward to Day 4!
  • mi1ez
    AVG’s anomalous performance is almost legendary at this site. We’d like to credit the new system’s faster drives for the win, but the benchmark difference is too small to represent the drives’ enormous performance disparity.

    And yet it's still in the SBM?
  • tobensg
    Has anyone got £1500 to build a Performance PC at the moment?! IMO these marathon builds are a waste of time.
  • damian86
    Normally those marathon pcs do not get my atraction, spending 2000 dollars in a machine with only 6gb of ram? there are better prices out there,you can make this machine more powerfull. not a long time ago THW had an article showing info about swapfile explaining that 8 gb or RAM makes a very stable just saying...
  • damian86
    I would have installed 2x6870 radeons instead of these power hungry 470's...they re cheaper as well