Sandra's Arithmetic test shows the expensive system’s quad-core CPU providing around twice as much performance as the mid-priced dual-core chip. The budget PC’s triple-core processor shines the value light on AMD’s CPU.
Our cheapest system surpasses the Sandra Multimedia performance of its double-core (and double-priced) $1000 rival, though it still doesn’t stand a chance against the $2000 build. On the other hand, half the performance at a quarter the price again shows AMD’s value leadership.
Memory bandwidth is embarrassing for both Intel-based builds: Mushkin “updated” the Essentials modules ordered for the $2000 PC to less-overclockable parts, forcing the builder to hunt for better timings at a lower data rate after overclocking the system’s base clock. The $1000 builder was put into a similar position, but his strict policy of not increasing DIMM voltage forced an even bigger drop in performance, penalizing his build even more.
- Raising The Stakes
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Performance Scaling, And Efficiency
- Value Conclusion