Quad-core processors typically use less power than six-core models, and the systems in this comparison based on quad-core chips enjoy the additional advantage of leveraging newer architectures and more advanced manufacturing. But an extra graphics card affects the Chronos' average power consumption. The same issue affects our $2550 System Builder Marathon machine, which also stumbles under the draw of a six-core Sandy Bridge-E-based CPU. At least it serves as a sturdy space heater during cold winter benchmarking sessions.
We measured the thermal output of our dual-GPU configurations from the hotter card, though none of the boards exceeded the capabilities of their fan maps. The CPUs on the Origin PC and AVADirect boxes run surprisingly warm by liquid-cooling standards, particularly when the overclocked Lenovo machine pushes the heat of six cores into a similarly-sized radiator.
- Origin's Mini Cube With Big Hardware Specs
- Getting To Know Our Chronos
- Origin PC Tweaks The Chronos For Better Performance
- Test Settings And Benchmark Configuration
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Battlefield 3
- Results: Far Cry 3
- Results: F1 2012
- Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power And Heat
- Average Performance Versus Efficiency
- Can A $4000+ Gaming Cube Still Deliver Value?