3DMark’s Graphics component shows that the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690 is slightly less than twice as powerful as the previous build’s Tahiti-powered Radeon HD 7870 (when both are stock, that is). The GeForce GTX 690 pulls a hat-trick in overclocking, more than doubling its quarter-priced competitor.
PCMark’s Productivity test indicates that the new build’s Core i7 barely beats its predecessor’s Core i5, but the new build proves again the power of its superior overclock.
PCMark’s Storage suite is based on real-world access patterns, so we picked three that we felt would represent the feel of various machines as users waited for programs to load. This trio of tests make up 10% of each system’s overall performance score, and this is the only place where synthetics are used in our value determination.
The same system drive was used in both systems, producing similar benchmark results.
- ITX And DTX: When Less (Space) Costs More (Money)
- Motherboard, Graphics, And CPU
- Case And Its Accessories
- CPU Cooling, Optical Drive, And Power
- DRAM, SSD, And Mass Storage
- Assembly Part 1: Finding The Right...Saw?
- Assembly Part 2: Now, For All Of The Parts That Fit...
- Assembly Part 3: The Finishing Touches
- Test Systems And Benchmarks
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Battlefield 3 And F1 2012
- Results: Skyrim And Far Cry 3
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- I Fought The Law!