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System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $1,000 Enthusiast PC

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

3DMark 11 is one of the benchmarks that we're recording scores from differently. Instead of capturing the Extreme, Performance, and Entry preset data, we're giving you the Graphics, Physics, and Overall scores using Futuremark's Performance preset. This gives us a clearer picture of how the different subsystems work together, rather than three aggregate numbers.

3DMark typically favors Intel's processors. Moreover, our GeForce GTX 670 didn't overclock as well this quarter. That should cover the differences we see between the old and new machines. Future comparisons will be more enlightening, since we'll have numbers for the CPU (the Physics suite) and GPU on both systems.

We're adding the Productivity suite to our PCMark scores.

Intel processors typically do best in this benchmark, which is derived from components that ship with Windows, but don't often take advantage of more than four cores.

The storage results are similar, which is no surprise considering both platforms use the same OCZ solid-state drive. 


AMD's FX CPU places well when it comes to Whetstone and multimedia benchmarks, but Intel leads in Dhrystone and memory bandwidth.

The Cinebench (based on Maxon's Cinema 4D) and Fritz benchmarks are new to our suite. So, we don't have any comparison data to show you from last quarter. Next time around we'll be able to make a good comparison in these heavily-threaded metrics, though.

  • CaptainTom
    So a 600w PSU for one 670? Get a 500w, get kingston RAM that is $20 cheaper, a $50-$70 liquid cooler for the FX, and BOOM! More performance for the same price. I get you wanted to test a similar system, but just make that a different article...
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  • serhat359
    Could have used a 6 or 4-core FX and made more money for a better cpu cooler and case. You have already demonstrated that more than 4 cores aren't used in gaming and here you have an 8 core CPU...
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  • dkcomputer
    Thats like... The worst possible $1k build. wow
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  • boulbox
    @Serhat i agree with you but this would be a better all around build. I think he could have done better though
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  • dkcomputer
    Swap mobo for ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 and processor for a sandybridge i5-2500. No overclocking needed.
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  • wolley74
    Dat hitachi HDD, you guys do know that Seagate Barracudas are around $70 for 64MB cache 1TB storage and SATA 6 right? and arguably are far more reliable
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  • aznshinobi
    Why wouldn't you drop down a bit to the FX-8320, that's about $40 saved, that could save you enough money to get the 7970 which clock for clock is better than the GTX 670.
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  • mouse24
    serhat359Could have used a 6 or 4-core FX and made more money for a better cpu cooler and case. You have already demonstrated that more than 4 cores aren't used in gaming and here you have an 8 core CPU...
    Its not 8 core, its 4 core with dual modules per core. Shared resources. Its why you see an increase in performance between a 4300 and an 8320
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  • DjEaZy
    http://valid.canardpc.com/2604796
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  • yyk71200
    mouse24Its not 8 core, its 4 core with dual modules per core. Shared resources. Its why you see an increase in performance between a 4300 and an 8320No, its other way around. It is 4 module cpu. Each module contains two integer cores (thus 8 cores total) and one FPU. It is more like reduced 8 core than full 8 core. Neverthles, Intel still is better.
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