Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
3DMark helps quantify the performance of many different variables, including a system's CPU. The $2600 machine’s hexa-core processor establishes a significant advantage at the benchmark’s Entry preset. The $1300 PC’s big graphics card steps up its game at the Extreme preset. And the $650 machine struggles to keep up using lower-cost parts.
PCMark’s overall score is tremendously drive-dependent, slamming the $650 build for its use of a mechanical disk. The $2600 PC also looks somewhat bad at its default settings, but only because we were still using Intel's RSTe driver in that out-of-the-box configuration.
Reverting to Windows' AHCI storage driver gives the overclocked $2600 PC a second boost, though it never gets close to performing twice as fast as the $1300 machine.
A breakdown of a few PCMark tests helps demonstrate how well an SSD can perform. We also see where Intel's data integrity-oriented enterprise driver hampers performance, and how far mechanical hard drives trail behind. Because these tests approximate the loads we run on a frequent basis, they are also used in the hard drive rating of our average performance chart.
which is not bad... for Just $650 ...So the first piority for gaming PC is still the Video card!
Great as always. It sad that the Nvidia GTX 680 has yet to be considered due to availability and pricing issues hehehehe.
But coming from a notebook background, I more or less have to start from scratch.
I can use my old mouse, and my TV as a monitor. But on top of the estimated build costs listed, I also need the OS, keyboard, and likely other misc. odds and ends.
$200 ($100 OEM) for Windows 7 is brutal.
I also don't want to waste time on a desktop that only has a GPU advantage over the notebook.
Desktop upgrades over even a mobile i7 is still pricey.
Since I know my 2720QM uses the same die as desktops; it'd be swell if I could just yank it out; plug it in a desktop board and call it a 2600k. In a desktop it wouldn't have to stay in a 45W TDP
But.. *sigh*.. the parts are locked, the sockets don't match; and a real life desktop carbon copy of my notebook is out of my budget atm.
If I could find a way to attach a 7870 to my notebook motherboard, I wouldn't have a problem with the frankenstein-ish creation.
The 6670 just doesn't cut it sometimes
But at least you're fairly nice about it.