Both machines sport Sandy Bridge-based processors with two physical cores, but the current build benefits from 25% higher clock speeds, 50% more L3 cache, and 25% greater memory data rates, even if it's forced to tolerate CAS 9, rather than CAS 7 timings.
In iTunes and Lame, both of which are single-threaded, as well as HandBrake, which is better-optimized for threading, this quarter's PC offers a 25% performance boost. That's the same margin observed back in Sandra’s synthetic processor tests. MainConcept improves by about 21%, lowering the gains in media transcoding to about 24% overall.
- Serious Gaming, On The Cheap
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Limited To Graphics Overclocking
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary And Efficiency
- Did We Spend Our Money Wisely?