Page 1:Wait, Bigger Isn’t Always Better?
Page 2:Test Settings
Page 3:Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Page 4:Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
Page 5:Benchmark Results: Crysis
Page 6:Benchmark Results: F1 2010
Page 7:Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
Page 8:Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
Page 9:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 10:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 11:Power And Heat
Page 12:Average Performance And Efficiency
Page 13:Which One Of These Builds Is For You?
Which One Of These Builds Is For You?
Though each build came in at or under budget when all of the parts were ordered, adjusted prices measured a week before the series went live were used to calculate a more recent performance-per-dollar chart.
The cheapest PC remains on top, as usual, since performance never scales in perfect proportion to complexity (and thus, price).
The real surprise is where the $2400 PC mixes things up with the $1200 PC, providing roughly equal value, even in the face of its diminishing returns. The $1200 PC’s performance-per-dollar should fall between that of the two other two builds unless it has a serious flaw.
Even high-end gaming scores that should have highlighted its Radeon HD 6950s in CrossFire are unable to save the $1200 system. The $600 PC simply can't compete at this level, though a 2560x1600 value comparison to the $1200 build could have at least been entertaining.
In the end, we have a $600 PC that vastly outperformed expectations, a $1200 PC that we’ve written off as horribly imbalanced, and a $2400 that costs too much (though it didn't bust past our budget). Most of us would prefer the $2400 PC, but still put that $600 build to good use during this economically wily holiday season.
- Wait, Bigger Isn’t Always Better?
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power And Heat
- Average Performance And Efficiency
- Which One Of These Builds Is For You?