The previous build's Tahiti-powered Radeon HD 7870 is outgunned by Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680; we know this. Futuremark's 3DMark 11 should give us a taste of what we can expect in the game benchmarks.
As expected, the GeForce does score an easy win in this synthetic. Then again, when you consider that it costs $200 less, the Radeon board has nothing to apologize for. It remains a solid value around $250.
While the 3DMark Overall and Graphics components are GPU-dependent, the Physics score is CPU-bound. Consequently, that one doesn't change much, since both systems rely on Intel's Core i5-3570K.
Despite the identical processors, PCMark is weighted towards storage performance, and the mini-ITX machine's SSD helps a lot there.
The Sandra modules are closely linked to CPU and memory performance. Since both systems are very similar, there's little to report on except that the mini-ITX build enjoys a minor bandwidth advantage.
- Mini-ITX For The Enthusiast: Smaller Size, Bigger Budget
- CPU, Motherboard, And Cooler
- Video Card, Power Supply, And Case
- Memory, Hard Drives, And Optical Drive
- System Assembly And Overclocking
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Media Encoding
- Results: Rendering And Productivity
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Compression Tools
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Power And Temperature
- Smaller System, More Money, And Greater Performance