Benchmark Results: Synthetics
3DMark proves the performance advantage of our current hardware over previous configurations, with the exception of our two highest-priced systems at its highest performance preset.
Anyone wondering how two HD 4850’s could beat a dual-GPU HD 4870 X2 need only consider that 3DMark’s CPU test awards points for extra CPU cores.
The Core 2 Quad advantage dominates PCMark in everything but the hard drive test, where the $1,250 enthusiast PC finally edges out its predecessor. The $625 gamer leads October’s $500 build across all disciplines in this benchmark suite.
Sandra’s CPU tests award extra cores almost equally with extra speed, so a huge lead by October’s Core 2 Quad system isn’t surprising. Neither is its memory bandwidth test, which favors the two systems with the highest memory overclocks.
It was explained in the Day 1 article but should have been mentioned at the lead of this one, that Core i7 wasn't ready when the site placed its order. And to build a high-end Core 2 machine after Core i7 was available was not a viable option. Since the site couldn't get a retail Core i7 on time, the high-end build was scrapped.
Thanks for the write-up. I look forward to seeing both a AMD and Intel build for the lowest price point builds in the upcoming months hopefully :)
i should have got the pentium dual core for the same price of an amd.
i was focusing too much on core2duos and thought they were too expensive compared to athlon x2's.
my x2 5000 runs at 3.1 GHz compared to pentium dual cores running at 4.2GHz with 2MB of L2 cache, 1MB more than the x2.
ultimately, pentium dual cores are core2duo's with less cache. :)