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Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark

System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2011: $2400 Performance PC

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.

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