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Benchmark Results: Synthetic

System Builder Marathon: The $5,000 Extreme PC
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Unlike applications, synthetics typically show the largest possible performance differences between various components. We start with 3DMark.

The four graphics processors of our current build beat three similar graphics processors in our December system, while the differences in scores were largely tied to the number of GPUs.

PCMark loves the dual-Intel SSD drives in RAID 0, spreading some of the hard drive test’s huge lead into its system-and-productivity tests.

Sandra’s arithmetic benchmark shows a surprisingly small performance gain for the latest system, while its multimedia benchmark shows a surprisingly large gain. If we averaged out the scores from both of these CPU tests, we’d likely find something closer to the “expected” performance gain.

DDR3-1800 memory speed gives the new system a colossal advantage in Sandra memory bandwidth.

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