The $2500 PC takes a surprisingly large win over its $1300 counterpart in Sandra's Arithmetic component. Both processors possess the same number of physical cores. However, the addition of Hyper-Threading technology allows the Core i7 to post much higher numbers in this synthetic measure of compute performance. In the real world, SMT won't have such a pronounced effect. Then again, that's why this is a synthetic, and why we don't factor most in synthetics to our overall scoring.
The $1300 machine’s CAS 11 memory defaults do a good job of keeping up with the $2500 machine’s CAS 8 XMP configuration, though overclocking makes the big difference.
Unable to operate any faster, the $650 machine’s dual-channel memory controller is stuck at a still-good 20 GB/s.
- Mini-ITX, Done Three Ways
- Test Settings And Overclocked Configurations
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Battlefield 3
- Results: F1 2012
- Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: Far Cry 3
- Results: Media Encoding
- Results: Adobe CS6
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power And Heat
- So Which Diminutive Box Is Best For You?