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Benchmark Results: Synthetics

System Builder Marathon: Performance & Value
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3DMark proves the performance advantage of our current hardware over previous configurations, with the exception of our two highest-priced systems at its highest performance preset.

Anyone wondering how two HD 4850’s could beat a dual-GPU HD 4870 X2 need only consider that 3DMark’s CPU test awards points for extra CPU cores.

The Core 2 Quad advantage dominates PCMark in everything but the hard drive test, where the $1,250 enthusiast PC finally edges out its predecessor. The $625 gamer leads October’s $500 build across all disciplines in this benchmark suite.

Sandra’s CPU tests award extra cores almost equally with extra speed, so a huge lead by October’s Core 2 Quad system isn’t surprising. Neither is its memory bandwidth test, which favors the two systems with the highest memory overclocks.

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