If the price tags on the $1600 and $2400 systems weren't already high enough, their power consumption figures might put your electricity bill over the edge. Of course, a straight value calculation is rarely the basis most enthusiasts use to make their purchase decisions, but I still get a kick out of showing how well sub-$1000 machines perform given their cost.
Paul and I are a little dubious of Don's 2°-above-ambient idle CPU reading. Perhaps he measured right after booting up?
The only two exceptional temperatures come from the GPUs in the overclocked $1600 and non-overclocked $2400 PCs. I used a custom fan setting to force my overclocked build's graphics temperature way down, although it resulted in a significant increase in noise.
- Let The (System Builder) Games Begin
- Benchmark And Overclocking Configurations
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Battlefield 4
- Results: Arma III
- Results: Grid 2
- Results: Far Cry 3
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power And Heat
- Overall Performance And Efficiency
- Who Wins The Value Comparison?