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Benchmark Results: Synthetics

System Builder Marathon, March 2010: $1,500 Enthusiast PC

According to 3DMark, the overclocked Core i5 system will game as fast as the stock Core i7 system. But the overclocked i7 walks away with a huge lead. We'll see if the real-world game benchmarks support what we've seen presented here.

PCMark favors the Core i7 system, but it is a little surprising to see how much better the Core i7 scored in the hard drive benchmark.

SiSoftware's Sandra XII synthetic benchmarks also demonstrates the Core i7 leading the way. But we’re skeptical that this pessimistic prediction of relative Core i5 performance will bear out in real-world applications.

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