Benchmark Results: Synthetics
The current machine nets a win at both of 3DMark 11’s lower presets. By the time we get to the Extreme preset score, it's clear we're using the same graphics platform given how close all four configurations fall.
Interestingly, the overclocked setup from last quarter only narrowly edges out today's machine in stock form, too.
We’ve collected PCMark 7 data on our June system but will chart the older version (Vantage) here for comparison to the March PC.
Judging by our real-world test suite results, it’s no surprise that the overclocked AMD system nets a clear win in the productivity sub-test. The older machine does trail our more recent effort in the overall system score, though. The current system also delivers a decent boost in storage performance.
The Phenom II scores higher in the Arithmetic component of SiSoftware's Sandra 2011 benchmark when it's overclocked. Otherwise, this chart is dominated by the current two-core/four-thread Core i3-2100.
It should have been a clean sweep in the Multimedia tests for the AMD-based machine. But despite multiple benchmark runs last quarter, the Int. x16 iSSE2 score fell below our expectations.
Memory data rates weren't increased on either $500 machine. We were, however, able to increase bandwidth through tighter timings (8-8-8-24).
Despite core speed and CPU-NB frequency overclocking, the AMD-based rig can’t come close to matching the bandwidth of our Sandy Bridge-based platform.
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Is it just me or does anyone get a feeling that the SBM rigs are being sold for advertising? :kaola:Reply
The X4 955 costs $15 less like you said, and allows overclocking even with stock, and $60 would buy a much better equipped AMD board. Also, $185 gets you a HD6870 these days.
Result? Better FPS per $ for the same price. TBH, that's what I was expecting. I am disappoint.
Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500 GB, SATA 6Gb/sReply
yet the motherboard has only 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors.
How would you utilize the maximum potential of the hard disk then?
spotminerSeagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500 GB, SATA 6Gb/s yet the motherboard has only 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors.How would you utilize the maximum potential of the hard disk then?Because HDD's cannot saturate even the Sata 3.0Gb/s line. They run at around 120MB/s, but sata II can handle up to 280MB/s or so. It's a cash grab. Means nothing for HDD's.Reply
striker410Because HDD's cannot saturate even the Sata 3.0Gb/s line. They run at around 120MB/s, but sata II can handle up to 280MB/s or so. It's a cash grab. Means nothing for HDD's.Reply
I see thanks.
I can only hope that the rumor that Intel is currently prepping a K series i3 is true. I'm using a 2500k now, but I think an i3-k would kick ass in the spare 1155 board I've got laying around.Reply
As far as the June budget build goes, it's really just an alternated Intel flavored version of the March build. As such, some hopeful budget builders may find reasons to go either route. Maybe the best argument against going AMD for the $500 build is the impending release of Llano and Bulldozer. It doesn't make much sense to put together an AMD system at this time -- even if you're looking at the budget area. The Phenom II will continue to be a good value especially if you're updating an older AMD system. It's not that the Phenom/Athlon is so slow as much as Intel's SB is just plain fast and efficient.
I want an unlocked i3 Intel... please make it happen.
An unlocked i3, that would be cool. I might even buy one, AMD fan that I am!Reply
It looks like someone was doing a all Intel promo.Reply
What software can utilize hyper threaded cores.
Not on any gamers PC'S much less on MS 64 bit at an entry level.
Granted at high end, they do make a great deal of difference but not at entry level.
And since when is power conservation a consideration for a gamer.
An i3 k model coming out about now would effectively kill AMD at this price point. If you get a good OC'able processor now, odds are you wont be changing platforms in a couple of months.Reply
lott11It looks like someone was doing a all Intel promo.What software can utilize hyper threaded cores.Not on any gamers PC'S much less on MS 64 bit at an entry level.Granted at high end, they do make a great deal of difference but not at entry level.And since when is power conservation a consideration for a gamer.Reply
Um lets see, unreal 3 can use hyperthreading, battlefield bad company 2 and battlefield 3 take advantage of hyperthreading, many games such as wow now take advantage of it. Need i go on.
zero_Is it just me or does anyone get a feeling that the SBM rigs are being sold for advertising? The X4 955 costs $15 less like you said, and allows overclocking even with stock, and $60 would buy a much better equipped AMD board. Also, $185 gets you a HD6870 these days.Result? Better FPS per $ for the same price. TBH, that's what I was expecting. I am disappoint.I still think the i3-2100 was the right choice...Reply
For a gaming oriented build at this price point, these lower end Sandy Bridge processors can't be beat. Even when you factor in the overclocking potential of similarly priced AMD processors (Phenom II X4 955 or 965) I don't think it's enough to defeat the i3-2100 in the games where it matters most. Even when it comes to multitasking and and multithreaded workloads, the dual-core Sandy Bridge is still very performance competitive, which is kind of sad from an architectural standpoint (quad-thread i3 vs quad-core Phenom II).
If this build were targeted at workstation applications however, I think you could definitely make the argument that AMD offers a viable alternative with the additional cores. But again, this is a gaming oriented build.