Benchmark Results: Productivity
The two stock systems finish rendering in just under a minute.
While overclocking the June PC reduces this time by 10 seconds, the lower-voltage four-core overclock applied to our $400 PC laps off a more impressive 18 seconds.
As we have come to expect, forget overclocking. Reducing scan times in AVG demands additional processing cores.
The two budget builds are close in WinRAR compression. But ultimately, the $400 machine's extra core captures a slight victory.
7-Zip clearly showing benefits from both additional processing cores and core speed.
Strike up two more wins for the $400 PC in what could almost look to be a copy of the 7-Zip bar chart. Overclocking helps, but unlocking provides the larger gains by comparison.
+1 for making this statement, glad someone considered it at least. All in all decent build for the money.
Even this $400 build packs a punch, you can get one HELL of a rig for the money any more. It really is insane, and that's not even considering the used or refurb market!
Awesome article, probably one of my favorite SBM, atleast the best I've seen in a long time.
150$ buys you a lot better gaming capabilities, and nothing else.
I doubt someone spending $400 can't afford to add an extra dollar. although i realize that the point in these articles is to stay under the budget, it would have been interesting to see the price/perforamce difference.
I'd bet if you could pull ~200 mhz more out of it, it would begin to match up with the missing core, and maybe start to pull away around 400mhz.
You'll have to spend a little bit more there. Rosewill has a 430W (RG430 S12) unit or the Antec Neo 400W is almost the same price as the CM after a discount and rebate.