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.