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Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark

System Builder Marathon, June 2012: $2000 Performance PC
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As stated on our test configuration page, 3DMark enjoys a big boost from the HyperFormance mode that we enabled with the overclock. But was Lucid’s MVP software even needed to put this month’s more miserly build ahead of our former champ?

We can see that our $2000 PC's baseline performance beats our former build’s overclocked performance. HyperFormance added around 3300, 3300, and 1600 points the three scores of our overclocked build.

The biggest concern we had in PCMark was how this synthetic might respond to our lower-model Chronos Deluxe MX SSD. We didn’t need to fear much, however, as its use of slightly slower NAND flash costs the machine very little performance at all.

A closer look at some of our favorite performance metrics shows that the cheaper drive’s deficits are most noticeable in application-start simulations.

Our former build had trouble in its base configuration with Intel’s Enterprise storage driver, so we reverted to Windows 7's AHCI drivers for all other tests.

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