Results: Overall Performance And Efficiency
Efficiency is where work meets power. This is all theoretical of course, since no physical work is being done by a CPU. It’s not like you use all those numbers to spin a wheel.
Since we’re calculating theoretical (rather than actual) efficiency, we need a baseline by which other products can be compared (or related, as shown in the title “Relative Efficiency” in the second chart). Since the lowest-performance PC and the lowest-energy PC are the same $600 unit, it becomes our baseline.
A peek at the raw data tells us where the wind will blow in the “Value” charts on the next page, since the double-priced $1200 machine is rarely twice as fast as the $600 system. But before we get there, we still have that long-discussed efficiency chart to discover.
Since efficiency can’t exceed 100%, the 100% baseline is subtracted from the chart above to make it zero. The resulting numbers are all relative, as in the $1600 PC achieves 18% more efficiency compared to the $600 PC.
Increased frequencies and voltages drive down the efficiency of all three overclocked machines, whereas a lesser overclock at stock voltage might have caused efficiency to climb by allowing more work to be accomplished with little additional energy.
I got my two licenses for like, $20. Though I probably couldn't get any more like that, I don't need any more at the moment, thanks. If you don't want the OS, and you win my PC, just tell me and I'll keep it. Thanks!
Disposition should I be a fortunate winner:
1. Having not messed with a "new" Athlon, I might put a 92mm cooler on it and see what I can get out of it for a week or three. I'd almost certainly contribute a SSD to it, then most likely donate it to a startup I know of that actually is more in need of office-type PCs (but they do play some games).
2. If the motherboard were micro-ATX, I'd probably use most of these parts to upgrade / replace my Phoenix PC, as they represent a platform upgrade. It would be a substantial upgrade to my Omega PC, but I like the idea of maintaining that AM3+ system due to the overall quality of the parts in it. If the Apevia case surprises me due to its quality, I may use it anyway. One way or another, this would lead to another complete system donation though.
3. The parts in this one appear to be of sufficient quality / durability that I would probably end up forsaking the Omega PC for this one. I'd put its 990FX onto my test bench though to keep it around, and donate that one (MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming) as above.