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Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark

With the same CPU and overclock, differences in 3DMark are narrowly constrained to graphics and memory performance. Let’s see how much more “bang” the Radeon HD 6970 upgrade gives us.

Big gains are limited to lower settings, but who uses lower settings with expensive cards? Perhaps this “upgrade” was ill-advised?

PCMark’s Productivity score improves slightly with the new hardware, but its drive tests favored the original build over the new one when overclocking.

A look at the scores of individual hard drive tests indicates that the actual performance difference is fairly small.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.