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System Builder Marathon: TH's $2000 Hand-Picked Build

Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra

Better performance is the one attribute that allows Intel to charge several times as much for its processors, yet we’re certain we won’t get that amount of additional performance from them.

Let's check out the 2010 version of SiSoft's Sandra suite for some extra illumination of each configuration's raw capabilities.

A closer look at Sandra shows that when it comes to basic performance, Intel has a 50% to 100% lead, depending on the test. We’re certain that many buyers will feel guilty for paying 4.5x more for Intel's six-core architecture versus AMD's, but that’s often the case when comparing high-end to mainstream components.

Intel uses 50% more memory channels to help it achieve a 52% bandwidth advantage over AMD, when comparing the stock DDR3-1333 CAS 9 settings of our newer and older $2000 systems. Yet, the older system’s cheaper processor left room in the budget for DRAM with additional headroom, and the difference narrows to 27%.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • Randomacts
    Yay more giveaways!
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  • tacoslave
    should have just gone with a i7 920 and stuck a 5970 which would have been cheaper
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  • duk3
    I agree, however, this SBM was about 6-core performance.
    With an i7-930, a better heatsink, 2 470s and maybe an extra fan or 2 for the case is in reach.
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  • Crashman
    duk3I agree, however, this SBM was about 6-core performance.With an i7-930, a better heatsink, 2 470s and maybe an extra fan or 2 for the case is in reach.yes, the i7-930 and a couple 470's would be normal in the SBM $2000 PC.
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  • cojj
    how do I enter for the giveaway?
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  • Crashman
    cojjhow do I enter for the giveaway?Click the link in the announcement?
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  • IzzyCraft
    I guess these were more performance driven choices. I still will miss the case, i'd gladly trade a 920/930 for the SilverStone Raven
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  • Crashman
    IzzyCraftI guess these were more performance driven choices. I still will miss the case, i'd gladly trade a 920/930 for the SilverStone RavenQuality-wise, the Three Hundred is probably the best case you can get for under $80, but there should have been one more fan in the system given the internally-vented graphics cards the system ended up with. On the other hand, a lot of builders would be more than happy to "settle for" 4GHz at 1.30V, and the CPU will certainly live longer at the lower voltage.
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  • brisingamen
    i prefer the six core gtx 480 sli rig.
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  • pinkfloydminnesota
    A 970 and a drop to 460s? Are you kidding me? How much is newegg dropping in ad revenue for you to help them dump this overpriced stock?
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