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System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $1000 PC

Benchmark Results: Power And Temperature

As expected, this quarter's System Builder Marathon configuration allocates less power to the CPU and more to the pair of GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards. It's a trade-off that, overall, puts today's machine in slightly worse position than the previous build with CPU and GPU power use factored together. Fortunately, Corsair's power supply is more than capable of supporting these load levels.

The new PC’s CPU is running cool thanks to the Hyper 212 Plus. And while the dual-graphics card configuration doesn’t have a lot of room between boards to breathe, the Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo Pro GPU coolers do a great job of keeping the GeForce GTX 460s cool, with temperatures in the same ballpark as the single GeForce GTX 470 from the previous SBM.