Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Lower motherboard and memory prices allows the $2000 build to step up to GeForce GTX 580 SLI graphics, while the $1000 PC transitions to GeForce GTX 460 SLI, mainly for experimental reasons. While the change does help the overclocked $1000 build a little, the $2000 machine naturally dominates.
The $500 machine appears a bit lost here, but it still gets one-third of the performance at one-fourth the cost.
An undersized SSD certainly helps the $1000 machine’s PCMark scores compared to our previous SBM. It’s unfortunate that the 30 GB drive is too small to hold all of the applications this benchmark represents.