Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Don and Paul call their systems gaming machines, yet 3DMark shines most brightly on my own 3D rendering wunderbox. That is, I wonder if I can use my dual Radeon R9 290s in place of a space heater and have P2Pool pay my utility bills?
PCMark likes solid-state storage, but not to the exclusion of Paul’s hard drive-based $800 PC. Its storage score is the only synthetic result used in our overall performance analysis.
The first one I can think of, being kind of boring as it might be, its the most obvious one to have: loading times. There are games that load a bazillion things on the fly and are some-what storage sensitive (MMOs basically) and we all hate waiting for everything to load, right? It can be clocked with a 10% error margin (thinking it usually takes around 200ms for human response).
I'm asking this, because RAID0 could become important if we see the value it adds to our builds. I know they're nowhere near SSDs, but Steam + other games take a LOT of space. My own Games folder racks up 410GB, where Steam is 300GB alone. You could slap 2x500GB HDDs in RAID 0 for half the value of a 240GB SSD if memory serves right and 2x1TB HDDs are just a tad more expensive. You can even use notebook HDDs if you want, haha.
Also, I would have cut the memory by half and remove the SSD for getting these 2 cards. Also... you really needs to change your SBM... it is ridiculous at this point.