Page 1:Building A PC: What Do We Get For $800?
Page 2:CPU, Motherboard, And Cooler
Page 3:Video Card, Power Supply, And Case
Page 4:Memory, Hard Drives, And Optical Drive
Page 5:System Assembly And Overclocking
Page 6:Test System And Benchmarks
Page 7:Results: Synthetics
Page 8:Results: Media Encoding
Page 9:Results: Rendering And Productivity
Page 10:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 11:Results: Compression Tools
Page 12:Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 13:Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
Page 14:Power And Temperature
Page 15:When Does $800 Buy You More Than $1000?
Power And Temperature
At this point, the power consumption chart we see below should have been expected. We're already well-acquainted with the Ivy Bridge architecture's efficient nature compared to anything we've seen AMD achieve with Piledriver. But it really hits home when you consider that we used a 520 W power supply in an $800 build, and barely topped 350 W of consumption with our CPU and GPU overclocked. I don't think I'd be comfortable using the same PSU on last quarter's build, which approached 500 W when we overclocked it.
The thermal results come in fairly close to each other, though Intel's CPU does heat up quickly when we apply more voltage and a higher multiplier to it. Rosewill's RCX-ZAIO-92does a great job at stock clock rates. However, it's quickly overwhelmed when the Core i5 is pushed to 4.4 GHz (it makes sense now that Thomas said, "Though it was somewhat hot and noisy on our Core i7 test system, we could recommend the Rosewill unit specifically to Core i3 overclockers with extremely tight budgets" in his review of this sink).
Considering the FX-8350's high power usage, the $1,000 build’s Xigmatek's Loki heat sink does quite well in comparison.
- Building A PC: What Do We Get For $800?
- CPU, Motherboard, And Cooler
- Video Card, Power Supply, And Case
- Memory, Hard Drives, And Optical Drive
- System Assembly And Overclocking
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Media Encoding
- Results: Rendering And Productivity
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Compression Tools
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Power And Temperature
- When Does $800 Buy You More Than $1000?