Results: 3DMark And PCMark
3DMark 11 points to an ideal condition for GPU performance scaling, where the $2550 machine’s three GeForce GTX 760s are nearly twice as fast as the $1300 machine’s single GeForce GTX 770. From a value perspective, the $1300 machine’s sub-50% advantage in graphics performance over the $650 build is disappointing.
We’ve been working towards an upgrade to PCMark 8, and the data is finally in. Primarily used for its storage-based categorization, it illustrates the extreme similarities between the SSD drives of our $2550 and $1300 builds.
Test patterns for the new PCMark’s storage score are designed to represent the same types of access as our productivity, creativity, and encoding suites. That means we no longer need to pick and choose individual tests to represent a typical user experience, and can instead use this score directly in our storage performance calculations.