We start off with two very similar platforms, sporting the same motherboard, processor architecture, memory frequency, and timings. The stock December rig holds a 100 MHz processor advantage and is outfitted with double the amount of memory.
The overclocked $500 build has nearly a 500 MHz advantage in processor speed, while the prior rig benefited both from an added active processing core, as well as higher memory bandwidth.
The stock-clocked CPU scores are within 3% of one another, so this story focuses on the current build’s vastly more powerful graphics hardware. Successful core unlocking scores the $400 machine a 15% higher score in the CPU tests. But this does little overall to help overcome the graphics deficiency.
The overclocked $500 PC is edged out in overall system performance but manages to win in PCMark's productivity suite. The current build’s storage performance score was a bit disappointing to us.
- Spending It All
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 And Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary, Efficiency, And Conclusion