3DMark suggests that the previous machine’s $600 AMD Radeon R9 290s are faster than the current build’s $520 GeForce GTX 780s, and that makes sense on a price/performance basis.
When I chose them, however, the Radeons were only $400. Now you understand why so many folks considered AMD's Hawaii-based parts to be such a good deal. On the bright side, they've dropped from a high of over $600 to right around $500 more recently.
Most gamers blamed cryptocurrency miners for the shortage of Radeon R9 290 and 290X cards. Availability is improving now, though not before enthusiasts started noticing Nvidia's high-end cards could keep up in disciplines other than scrypt-based mining.
PCMark isn't my favorite benchmark because it doesn't properly reflect the optimizations for six-core CPUs that some of our real-world workloads more prominently show off. On the other hand, it’s a better indicator of performance for ordinary desktop applications, as well as the storage performance of those applications.
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