Benchmark Results: Synthetics
As usual, 3DMark Vantage is the first synthetic we'll scrutinize, comparing this month's stock and overclocked configuration against last quarter's $1,300 setup.
Yes, the i7/GTX 260 SLI combo starts strong, but as resolution and detail are increased to the Extreme preset at 1920x1200, the AMD-based $1,250 system establishes a solid lead. Clearly, the four Radeon HD 4850s are showing their strengths here, despite the faster i7-920 processor from the April SBM build.
PCMark favors the April SBM's i7 platform by about 10-15% in general, but by 20-30% when it comes to the Memories test. No big surprises here, as the i7 is a formidable opponent for the Phenom II.
The SiSoft Sandra synthetic benchmarks tell the same story, with the Core i7-920 taking the lead, especially when it comes to memory bandwidth. The overclocked Phenom II X4 945 is able to reach the i7-920's stock speed when it comes to the multi-media benchmark, which is notable.