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Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark

System Builder Marathon, August 2012: Alternative $2000 Gaming PC

Today’s gaming-oriented build supports Lucidlogix's HyperFormance technology, using the CPU’s integrated graphics engine to boost gaming performance. The company recently let us know that results under 3DMark are not comparable with and without HyperFormance, though. This benchmark doesn't count toward our value-oriented analysis, so it's easy to keep it switched off for our synthetic testing.

Even without the benefit of HyperFormance turned on, today's SLI-enabled build carves out a big lead in 3DMark over the machine I presented on Wednesday.

Our original $2000 PC's storage performance was fairly mediocre with Intel's Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise driver installed. We reverted to Windows 7’s default AHCI driver in the overclocked configuration and saw a big jump in our numbers.

This Z77 Express-based build doesn't employ the same business-oriented driver, so its score starts out higher. Naturally, then, switching back to Windows' native driver doesn't help all that much.

A closer look at the details of application-based synthetic test patterns shows that Intel's RSTe driver is all that stands in the way of SSD nirvana, though we know it's written in such a way to prioritize reliability, rather than speed.

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