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Results: 3DMark And PCMark

System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: $2500 Performance PC

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.

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