Power And Temperature Benchmarks
When we measure power, we find that the new machine uses notably less juice under load than last quarter's configuration. Naturally, there's going to be some variance in the CPU and GPUs used on both systems. But remember also that we're using a different motherboard, installing less memory, and leaving out the SSD from today's build. At the very least, that should reflect well in the Day Four efficiency comparison that Thomas will write.
Both builds generate similar temperatures. The Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 performs a bit better than the reference-based model we previously tested. But what this chart doesn’t show is just how much quieter Sapphire's card is under load.
The bundled cooler Intel pairs with its Core i5-2400 isn’t as efficient as the previous system's Arctic Cooling Hyper TX2. However, our thermal measurements are still acceptable, and we don’t think anything beefier is necessary, particularly when you take into account this CPU's meager overclocking headroom.
May want to put "do" in there, instead ;)
Basically the whole article tests the improvements of a single channel over a dual channel RAM.
Because if not, I would posit that the i5-2380p is a better CPU choice than the i5-2400:
1) You've not got a huge need for the IGP, what with the 7970 (I could see it could still have use, but I don't think it would be that helpful)
2) From what I've read on Newegg's page for the 2380p (which they no longer sell), the 2380p is a great overclocker (up to 4.5Ghz according to one reviewer)
3) It costs the same as the 2400, with the same stock clocks
Apart from that, I think it's a pretty solid build. A little too much corner-cutting compared to what I would've chosen, but I'd probably put together something rather standard and boring.
Yeah I totally agree, I would have loved to see a 3570k and a gtx 670 because those two seem like the popular choice right now. Who sets this budget anyways? "We didn't wan't to go over" umm is there like a slow painful death if you go over the budget or what? Set the budget higher then. Hope the next round of these is better.
As of right now at the time of this post, the sapphire 7970 o/c on newegg is at $480. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102982 So i can only assume whatever price hike has been dealt with?
Good job on making a computer perform about the same for $250 less! I'm sure if I was to build a computer right now this would give quite a bit of breathing room. Not everyone has quarter of a grand to throw around.
Downside is it does feel like you guys ran outta ideas on new combinations. I think I'd be kind of interested in either a SLI config 560 ti or 7850s. But the 7850 would've pushed it past budget I think. I'd still vote on the SSD though!