3DMark 11’s Entry and Performance presets favor this quarter's platform, which is more balanced. At the Extreme setting, its more modest graphics subsystem turns into a liability.
Despite its less powerful CPU, June's GeForce GTX 560 Ti manages to outmaneuver today's machine at that most demanding preset.
An 80% increase in processor budget spells victory in PCMark 7, but truly impressive gains would require stepping beyond a pair of physical processing cores.
On our past two builds, we noticed slightly higher performance on the Intel's chipset's native SATA controller than the on-board Marvell SATA 6Gb/s logic. Disappointing, though, is to see the current B75-based board lagging behind in the Starting Applications test, despite our use of Western Digital's 7200 RPM Blue-series drive.
The Pentium G860 leads by a 25% margin throughout Sandra’s processor tests, while its DDR3-1333 memory controller boosts bandwidth measurements by about 22%.
- 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?