Benchmark Results: Synthetics
There weren’t any changes to our benchmark suite this month, so we’ll be able to make direct comparisons to data gathered in June.
Stepping down from a Radeon HD 5770 to a Radeon HD 5670 is huge, so this 3DMark blowout isn’t really a surprise. The extra 2800 point CPU score favoring the unlocked quad-core September PC, in the end, does little to counteract realizing 50% of the former $550 rig’s GPU score.
PCMark Vantage depicts slightly better overall system performance for last quarter's configuration, but a victory for the $400 PC once both are overclocked. The current build was edged out in productivity software, but held a slight lead in storage performance.
For Sandra’s processor and memory tests, we’re basically comparing two very similar system configurations. Different motherboards both based on the AMD 770/SB710 chipset, the same RAM, and an Athlon II X3 CPU separated by roughly 100 MHz (closer to 92 MHz, due to fractional reference clock variations).
The $550 PC overcomes its lower processor frequency and matches the stock September PC in the Processor Arithmetic test, but not in the Multimedia test. Once overclocked, the $400 machine’s four cores completely win out over June’s higher frequency three-core overclock.
Both systems have Crucial DDR3-1333 memory at 9-9-9-24 1T timings and in unganged mode, but we see a slight memory bandwidth advantage favoring the $550 PC. The overclocked systems share the same basic 8-8-8-24 1T memory timings, but otherwise differ with the $550 PC employing a lower memory frequency, higher northbridge frequency, and higher HyperTransport link speed.
+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.