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System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $2000 PC

Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark

Today’s charts are arranged in order of average performance. Improvements at higher presets put the current build’s GeForce GTX 470s on top of the previous build’s GeForce GTX 460s, even though the previous build’s six-core processor had a higher CPU score.

PCMark loves I/O performance, with the new system’s striped pair of SSDs taking a big lead over the previous system’s single HDD.

We tried to pick the four most relevant scores from PCMark’s hard drive test to approximate real-world performance differences, but we don’t have these numbers from the previous build. That means today’s final score will be calculated without the above data, though our Day Four comparison of current systems will employ it.

It appears that overclocking actually improves the performance of our software RAID controller, probably by improving the performance of its host processor, the CPU.

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