Page 1:Colliding Interests Shape Our Mini-ITX Effort
Page 2:CPU And Cooler
Page 3:Motherboard And Memory
Page 4:Graphics Card And Hard Drive
Page 5:Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Page 6:Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
Page 7:Just Enough Overclocking To Game...
Page 8:Test System And Benchmarks
Page 9:Results: Synthetics
Page 10:Results: Audio And Video
Page 11:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 12:Results: Productivity
Page 13:Results: Compression
Page 14:Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 15:Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
Page 16:Power Consumption And Temperatures
Page 17:Gaming Performance Summary
Page 18:Can We Really Call This Better For Gaming?
CPU And Cooler
Processor: Intel Core i3-3220
Aside from a weakness in the most CPU-demanding areas of Crysis 3, we know Intel's Core i3-3220 to be a highly capable gaming processor. Its pair of Hyper-Threaded physical cores is each capable of scheduling two threads at a time. And although it isn't overclocking-friendly, high per-clock performance and a respectable 3.3 GHz clock rate make it a worthy foundation on which to build a value-oriented gaming PC.
CPU Cooler: Intel Retail Boxed Heat Sink And Fan
Intel’s boxed cooler consists of a low-profile orb-style aluminum heat sink, a low-speed 0.28 A PWM-controlled fan, and a push-pin mounting bracket. It's sufficient for what we need it to do, and even under full-load, the fan remains fairly quiet. Best of all, it doesn't pull funds away from other more performance-oriented parts.
- Colliding Interests Shape Our Mini-ITX Effort
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Just Enough Overclocking To Game...
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Gaming Performance Summary
- Can We Really Call This Better For Gaming?