The sub-$2000 PC offers up less than twice the performance of the $1000 build at less than twice the cost in 3DMark 11. It also scales to four times the performance of the $500 PC at less than four times the cost. Budget-builder Paul Henningsen should be very happy that these scores aren’t used in our value analysis, while I should be bummed that exceptional numbers won't be counted toward my overall finish.
PCMark is heavily weighted toward system drive performance, and our recent budget cuts prevented the use of an SSD in any machine except the most expensive build. Yet, this tests overall scores are also excluded from our value analysis, which focuses primarily on real-world performance tests and not synthetics.
These three charted profiles from PCMark’s storage benchmark are the closest we can get to real-world experience tests for hard drive performance, since most of our application starts are unbearably difficult to time accurately. These count for only 10% of the overall performance in our final analysis, and are the only synthetics in that analysis. Of course, the SSD wins.
- A Close Competition, Complements Of Tough Decisions
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
- Benchmark Result: DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Energy And Efficiency
- Crowning A Value Winner