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System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2009: $2,500 Performance PC

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

Our current 3DMark results appear markedly better than those of our previous $2,500 SBM machine, but a behind-the-scenes analysis of CPU and GPU scores showed that our current pair of Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards merely matches the performance rating of our previous machine’s triple HD 4890s.

PCMark Vantage loved the SSDs of our previous SBM, although this month’s system score drops only slightly.

We like Sandra for its consistency, and Sandra loves Core i7.

Memory overclocking yields huge gains in Sandra Bandwidth.