System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $1,600 Alternative PC

Results: Non-Gaming Applications

The Tom’s Hardware team normally groups application benchmarks by type, but only OpenCL-enhanced Photoshop stood out as a test that might potentially benefit from the $1,600 PC’s second graphics card. We opened up a GPU monitoring program and watched the needle jump between zero and 14% utilization throughout this test.

Visual Studio 2010 also saw moderate performance gains on the new overclocked system, but those gains can only be linked to storage performance and/or chance. This long bench typically shows up to one-minute variance between consecutive runs.

In my search for noticeable changes in performance, I grouped the non-impacted benchmarks together. If you’d like to see exactly how close these results are, simply click on a photo to expand it.