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Benchmark Results: Synthetics

System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $1000 Enthusiast PC
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At first glance, the single GeForce GTX 470 in the current build doesn’t look bad compared to the previous system’s Radeon HD 5830 CrossFire solution. Looking a little deeper, though, we can see that the tougher 1920x1200 Extreme setting favors the dual-card CrossFire configuration by a notable margin. We’ll see if this trend continues in the actual game benchmarks.

All of the PCMark benchmarks favor this quarter's Core i5-750 platform compared to the Phenom II X3 720, even when the Phenom CPU is overclocked with four CPU cores enabled.

The Sandra-based benchmarks also suggest that the Core i5-750 is the heart of a stronger platform, although the overclocked and core-unlocked Phenom II does reach the Intel processor’s stock performance when overclocked.

Note that the memory bandwidth takes a hit on the Intel system when overclocked because the memory has to be run at a lower speed to maintain stability.

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