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System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: System Value Compared


For some reason, Don didn't use the data from his storage benchmarks in his write-up. There it is, though, a notable improvement compared to last quarter. And of course, we know from your feedback that SSDs are a must-have in his mid-range build and above.

Since load times aren’t reflected in most of our benchmarks and represent only a small portion of the time we spend in front of our computers, that component of the suite makes up just 10% of our combined performance metric.

Using our slowest system as the baseline (100% performance) and offsetting the efficiency chart to 0% (by subtracting 100% from calculated values), we see that the $1300 PC draws 2% less power and provides 74% more performance. Prior to overclocking, it starts out as the most efficient configuration in this System Builder Marathon.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.