Page 1:An Inexpensive Console-Sized Gaming PC
Page 2:CPU And Cooler
Page 3:Motherboard And Memory
Page 4:Graphics Card And Hard Drive
Page 5:Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Page 6:Assembling Our Little Budget Box
Page 7:How Small Is It, Really?
Page 8:Limited Overclocking
Page 9:Test System And Benchmarks
Page 10:Results: Synthetics
Page 11:Results: Audio And Video
Page 12:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 13:Results: Productivity
Page 14:Results: Compression
Page 15:Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 16:Benchmark Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
Page 17:Consumption And Temperatures
Page 18:Performance Summary
Page 19:Can Less Equal More?
Results: Audio And Video
Before we move on to the games, let's face the reality of a dual-core processor battling its way through our application suite. If all goes well, the slim $400 machine should at least be able to match the full-sized $500 PC in processor-bound tests, but might fall behind if memory bandwidth and storage performance come into play. Also, keep in mind none of these dual-core processors are overclocked, so any speed-ups stem from tweaking main memory timings and graphics card overclocking.
The three builds fall into line based on processor frequency throughout our encoding applications. But, the ability to schedule four simultaneous threads allows the $650 PC to extend its lead in the well-threaded HandBrake and TotalCode Studio workloads.
- An Inexpensive Console-Sized Gaming PC
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Little Budget Box
- How Small Is It, Really?
- Limited Overclocking
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary
- Can Less Equal More?