Page 1:Au Contraire: More CPU, Less GPU
Page 2:CPU, CPU Cooler, And Memory
Page 3:Motherboard, Graphics, And Power
Page 4:SSD, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
Page 5:Case And Case Cooling
Page 6:Hardware Installation
Page 7:Overclocking A Truly Overclockable Platform
Page 8:Test Settings And Benchmarks
Page 9:Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Page 10:Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
Page 11:Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
Page 12:Benchmark Results: Skyrim And StarCraft II
Page 13:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 14:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 15:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 16:Does The CPU Gamble Pay Off?
Does The CPU Gamble Pay Off?
Most experienced builders are fully aware of what diminishing returns means for aggressive attempts to push higher performance. At a certain point, cost simply goes up way faster than the gains for which you pay. This is a really rough, totally seat-of-the-pants estimate, but we'd venture to say that enthusiast-oriented PCs start to see the relationship between spending more and getting more start to dip off at around the $700 price point.
Today’s build counters that trend by producing 14% better stock-speed performance than last quarter's effort at a 10% higher price.
The value win for our current build is really an indictment of its predecessor, in that too much money was devoted to graphics. The problem was that most of our games couldn’t take full advantage of all that graphics power, whereas more of our productivity and content creation titles certainly benefit from a faster CPU.
Narrowing our focus to high-resolution gaming helps us to define the unbalance, where only high-end gamers could appreciate its graphics configuration. In this context, the old system has a bigger advantage in high-end-gaming value than our new system has in overall value.
Overall value will be the focus of tomorrow's Day 4 comparison, where budgets are sized up against performance. So, so the first value chart takes precedence as we congratulate ourselves for building a system that truly equals the sum of its parts.
- Au Contraire: More CPU, Less GPU
- CPU, CPU Cooler, And Memory
- Motherboard, Graphics, And Power
- SSD, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
- Case And Case Cooling
- Hardware Installation
- Overclocking A Truly Overclockable Platform
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: Skyrim And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Does The CPU Gamble Pay Off?