Page 1:From CPU To GPU: Shifting The Balance
Page 2:Graphics, CPU, And Motherboard
Page 3:Memory And Storage
Page 4:Case, Cooling, And Power
Page 5:Building Our $2,000 PC
Page 7:Benchmark And System Configurations
Page 8:Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Page 9:Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
Page 10:Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
Page 11:Benchmark Results: Skyrim And StarCraft II
Page 12:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 13:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 14:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 15:Does This Quarter's Build Beat Our Previous Effort?
Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
3DMark is primarily a graphics test, and we’re not surprised to see our current PC’s CrossFire configuration beat the single GeForce GTX 670 in last quarter's build. Even overclocking can't overcome the performance delta. Might we see our value gamble pay off after all?
PCMark puts quite a bit of emphasis on storage performance, despite its purpose as a general system metric. Naturally then, we expected both Mushkin SSD-equipped builds to generate similar scores.
By now we're used to seeing this suite use only four cores. So, the fact that our Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3770K manages to slide past a Core i7-3930K isn't particularly surprising.
Remember that last quarter's baseline score was measured using Intel's RSTe driver, which improves data security at the expense of performance. We shifted over to Microsoft's default AHCI driver for that machine's overclocked configuration.
Overclocking can make software-based drive controllers perform better, but the conditioning each drive received is a more likely reason for the overclocked Q4 build’s greater storage performance. Although we're dealing with a consistent drive image and the exact same SSD, even letting each machine sit for different amounts of time can affect the outcome of storage subsystem testing.
- From CPU To GPU: Shifting The Balance
- Graphics, CPU, And Motherboard
- Memory And Storage
- Case, Cooling, And Power
- Building Our $2,000 PC
- Benchmark And System Configurations
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: Skyrim And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Does This Quarter's Build Beat Our Previous Effort?