Results: SiSoftware Sandra
AVADirect’s overclock beats the tweak we applied to ASRock's M8 barebones platform in Sandra, despite the fact that both PCs employ the same CPU. Naturally, hexa-core processors enjoy an advantage, but by far less than theory would have us expect.
The secret behind Kingston’s “XMP Beast” kit is that it's little more than an aesthetically upgraded set of mainstream KHX1600C9D3/8GX modules. They're even reported as such by CPU-Z.
Also, many of those seem somewhat unbalanced, especially for a gaming system.
EDIT: Toss an R9 290X or 780 in the M8 and drop to a 4670K, and you'd have a real value winner.
A 290-X in a mini-ITX case?!? He wants a P.C., not a space heater!
Overall though, it's good to see these guys putting together a nice compact, high performing PC.