Page 1:Spending It All
Page 2:CPU And Cooler
Page 3:Motherboard And Memory
Page 4:Graphics Card And Hard Drive
Page 5:Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Page 8:Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
Page 9:Benchmark Results: Synthetics
Page 10:Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
Page 11:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 12:Benchmark Results: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 And Crysis
Page 13:Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
Page 14:Power Consumption And Temperatures
Page 15:Performance Summary, Efficiency, And Conclusion
Benchmark Results: Productivity
The two stock systems finish rendering in just under a minute. While overclocking this month's $500 PC reduces this time by twelve seconds, unlocking a fourth core on the September PC lops off a more impressive eighteen. It's a shame that there's no way to verify that an AMD CPU will unlock prior to purchasing. Luck of the draw can really affect your results, as we see here.
Overclocking yields little benefit in our AVG test, where reduced scan times demand additional processing cores.
The two budget builds are close in WinRAR compression, but ultimately the machine offering the unlocked fourth core is first to finish the task.
7-Zip benefits from additional processing cores and more clock speed. A narrow victory for the December PC turns to a loss once both machines are overclocked.
Successful core unlocking allows last quarter's $400 PC to squeak out a win in Photoshop, despite trailing by a sizeable amount at stock clocks.
- Spending It All
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 And Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary, Efficiency, And Conclusion