Benchmark Results: Synthetics
Some sizable gains are seen from our overclocking efforts, especially in the CPU-weighted performance preset. The increase seen in the extreme preset reflects more upon overclocking the Radeon HD 4870.
Sporting the stronger pair of graphics cards, the December $700 PC totally blows out the September $650 PC in 3DMark Vantage, although the Phenom II X2 550 does scores a win at stock speeds in the CPU score.
Overclocking provides huge gains for this month’s budget gaming PC compared to those seen from last month. The December PC takes a small victory both at stock and overclocked speeds in the HDD test, but loses both times in the productivity test. In the overall system score, this month’s system is no match at stock clocks, but takes a large victory once overclocked.
Overclocking rewards us with sizeable performance increases in each Sandra 2009 test. Keep in mind our memory speed and timings did not change, so increases in memory bandwidth stem from our higher-clocked FSB and CPU. Despite a benchmark version change between SBMs, it’s safe to say that this memory bandwidth pales in comparison to the on-die memory controller of the Phenom II used in September.
Add in the new AMD options, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/athlon-ii-x3,2452.html, wich takes the lead for the most part over the Phenom II x2 550, I am suprised you opted for the intel chip.
That is unless you plan on doing SBMs alternating wich manufacturer is used.
Athlon II 435 with 2 4870s would kill this build at the same price.
You beat me to this.
Have to wonder why the author used a dead socket with no upgrade path.
noob2222If the numbers are consistent, and seeing how W7 is slightly faster, the september build is a tad faster with less graphic power and $50 less in the build. With the exception of max resolution, and thats the graphics card difference doing the work. The gaming benchmarks are especially comparable, and yes as we note, this rig was behind the Sep PII at the lower settings/resolution and had a graphics advantage taking over at the higher settings. But note, the September build was MORE expensive when this system was ordered, not $50 cheaper. Had we opted to use up this whole “price adjustment” budget and build a $750 machine, a kit of CAS 5 DDR2 (like the AMD build) would have done this one wonders, even more so than expected.
noob2222I am suprised you opted for the intel chip. That is unless you plan on doing SBMs alternating wich manufacturer is used. Bingo; Notice all AMD last round even at the high end, and all Intel this round, even at the low end. Something we wanted to try, but will not be continuing.
noob2222Athlon II 435 with 2 4870s would kill this build at the same price. That is exactly the plan for next round, although getting a pair of 4870s will likely not be an option. At $87, pairing with an aftermarket cooler will then raise the CPU+cooler budget a bit over the $102 from Sep, or the $92 from December. One of the goals set for this Intel rig back in September was to keep an equal CPU budget to last round, and if possible put the extra money into a graphics step up, although more along the lines of 4850 1GB not 4870’s. There was nothing exciting to challenge the PII at stock clocks, instead the focus was on an aftermarket cooler and better OC. Unfortunately this E5300 was a bit of a dud compared to previous E5200’s.
I wouldn’t say the 435 would kill these past two rigs though. I suspect it will trade blows in the apps, and likely take a few nice wins(at low res) in the games.
price per hd4870 is 230$
and for 2 hd4870=460$
but in your table is 250$