Remembering that our current build costs half as much as its predecessor, it only really needs to perform half as well to achieve equal value. We’re hoping for something a lot better than that though, and some of what we're looking for is demonstrated right out of the gate in 3DMark.
In our first synthetic test, the old build costs nearly 100% more, yet performs only 60% better.
PCMark leans heavily on storage testing. Because we're using the same SSD from Mushkin that we selected last quarter, both systems fall into the same performance range. The former $2,000 build is the fancy house next door to the $1,000 configuration in this test.
Ten percent of our value score is storage-based, and those calculations reference the three PCMark tests that we believe are most appropriate. Using the same drive for both systems once again gives our little PC a big value boost.
- Can $1,000 Buy A High-End PC?
- Graphics, CPU, And Motherboard
- DRAM, Storage, And Optical Drive
- Case, Power, And CPU Cooling
- Hardware Installation
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Battlefield 3 And F1 2012
- Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim And StarCraft II
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Could We Have A Value Winner At $1,000?