Results: 3DMark And PCMark
A single Radeon R9 290X certainly won’t beat a pair of GeForce GTX 780s in 3DMark, so the performance deficit of both $1600 machines doesn’t bother me.
Weaker overclocking applied to this quarter's Radeon R9 290X allows the previous machine to pass it in this specific test, in spite of the previous machine’s terrible host processor clock rate.
The new build’s drive is significantly cheaper than Q2’s, pleasing me with only a slight drop in PCMark’s storage score. Other test scores are up, thanks to a faster CPU.