On paper, both of our gaming PCs sport budget-oriented processors operating at 3.4 GHz, and they're able to address four threads at a time. But the similarities end there; these machines employ distinctly different CPU architectures.
While last quarter’s Haswell-based Core i3 remains fixed at 3.4 GHz, Turbo Core increases the Athlon's cores up to 3.7 or 4.0 GHz in stock form. This quarter's cheaper setup gains further from a manual overclock to 4.2 GHz, a greater DDR3 data rate, and a higher CPU-NB frequency.
Even operating 800 MHz higher, AMD's Piledriver architecture can not compete with Haswell in measures of single-threaded alacrity (like our iTunes and LAME encoding workloads).
While Trinity's two modules (with four integer units) can't match dual-core Haswell's higher IPC throughput, AMD's design fares better in parallelized tasks. Even without any shared L3 cache, this pair of Piledriver modules registers a win in both HandBrake and TotalCode Studio, though only after overclocking to 4.2 GHz.
- Presenting Our New Budget Gaming PC
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Gaming Box
- Overclocking Our Budget AMD Platform
- How We Tested Our Budget Gaming PC
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Results: Arma 3 And Battlefield 4
- Results: Far Cry 3 And Grid 2
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary
- Can Less Funding Compete For Top Value?