Page 1:Build Or Buy? Hunting For Cheap Performance
Page 2:System Roundup: What Do You Get?
Page 3:BIOS And Overclocking: Now There’s Your Problem
Page 4:Benchmark Setup
Page 5:Benchmark Results: General Performance And Content Creation
Page 6:Benchmark Results: Synthetics
Page 7:Benchmark Results: Integrated Gaming
Page 8:Power Consumption
Page 9:Benchmark Results: Graphics Upgrade
Page 10:Final Words
BIOS And Overclocking: Now There’s Your Problem
Overclocking is such a big reason that we're able to demonstrate such massive performance boosts on a limited budget. Most of the time, the gains Paul is able to procure are downright impressive. He was able to achieve impressive 10% boosts in both of the last two $500 Gaming PC configurations.
Those speed-ups don't just apply to synthetic benchmarks. He also realized them in his gaming benchmarks.
BIOS-based flexibility is where pre-configured systems fall short. The top-tier vendors selling to mainstream users don't want those folks overclocking their machines. Overclocking creates support nightmares, if not from fried components then from general system instability. It's not that those manufacturers are out to prevent anyone from getting the most from their hardware. Rather, it's all a matter of minimizing the number of frustrated phone calls to operators with limited knowledge of enthusiast-oriented features.
As a result, it's not a surprise that our canned machines give us zero flexibility. If you want to overclock, you need to build your own computer.
- Build Or Buy? Hunting For Cheap Performance
- System Roundup: What Do You Get?
- BIOS And Overclocking: Now There’s Your Problem
- Benchmark Setup
- Benchmark Results: General Performance And Content Creation
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Integrated Gaming
- Power Consumption
- Benchmark Results: Graphics Upgrade
- Final Words