Factory-overclocked graphics processors put the new system ahead of our previous build in 3DMark at stock settings. Liquid cooling on performance-binned GPUs give the same system an enormous lead when both are overclocked.
Moreover, superior overclocking keeps the new system in the lead in PCMark, though it falters at stock settings. The previous system’s motherboard had a small overclock when it was set up at its default clocks, which will probably show up in our CPU tests.
Crucial's m4 beats the previous build's S511s in PCMark’s storage suite, though the new system’s hard drive scores actually go down when overclocked.
- A Bigger Budget For A Better PC
- Motherboard, CPU, And RAM
- Graphics, Case, And Power
- SSD, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
- The Build
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2 And Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Are Liquid-Cooled Graphics Cards Worth The Extra Expense?