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Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark

System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2011: System Value Compared

Lower motherboard and memory prices allows the $2000 build to step up to GeForce GTX 580 SLI graphics, while the $1000 PC transitions to GeForce GTX 460 SLI, mainly for experimental reasons. While the change does help the overclocked $1000 build a little, the $2000 machine naturally dominates.

The $500 machine appears a bit lost here, but it still gets one-third of the performance at one-fourth the cost.

An undersized SSD certainly helps the $1000 machine’s PCMark scores compared to our previous SBM. It’s unfortunate that the 30 GB drive is too small to hold all of the applications this benchmark represents.

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