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Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark

System Builder Marathon: TH's $2000 Hand-Picked Build

We didn’t intend to gimp the new, AMD graphics system with a lower CPU overclock, but this type of variability is usually part of the experience. For 3DMark, we suggest those seeking a card-to-card comparison consider the non-overclocked results.

The biggest problem with 3DMark Vantage’s default settings was that the benchmark’s PhysX tests rewarded huge CPU score improvements to systems that contained Nvidia graphics. Disabling the benchmark’s PPU (PhysX Processing Unit) tests allows the alternative build’s CrossFire configuration to conquer the original build’s SLI, though the results are not always mirrored by games. 3DMark11 rectifies this situation, and we're looking into adding that app to the suite as well.

Using the same controller, drives, and controller drivers as the original system, the new alternative build still takes the lead in PC Mark’s HDD test. This could be due to memory improvements, since the drive’s files are most likely cached to RAM. A better CPU overclock pushes the original build’s overall score into the lead, however.

A quick look at some of the detailed hard drive benchmark results shows specifically where the alternative build scored in this metric.

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