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System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $2000 Performance PC

Benchmark Results: Synthetic

Anxious to gauge the “raw power” combination of a 4 GHz six-core CPU and two GeForce GTX 480s, we jumped straight to the synthetic tests. The game and program tests you'll find on the following pages will show how these results affect real-world performance.

Though the Phenom II X6 1055T’s low 2.8 GHz stock speed places a significant barrier to 3D performance, pushing it to 4.0 GHz at least partially uncaps the GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards. The result is a big 3DMark win for this month’s overclocked PC.

PCMark doesn’t like the Nvidia chipset’s SATA controller and doesn’t care about the processor's extra cores, slapping down the new system even when overclocked.

Sandra Arithmetic appears to prefer Intel’s Core architecture taken from our June system, while its Multimedia test gets a big boost from this month’s AMD six-core chip.

The triple-channel memory subsystem on our June system beats this month’s dual-channel configuration. Because the performance difference is far greater than triple-channel’s 50% theoretical advantage, it appears that the former system’s Intel processor is also better at accessing available bandwidth. Both systems ran stock speed tests at DDR3-1333 CAS 9.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • IzzyCraft
    Love the case choice everything else is pretty much can't really hate it or love it, but i mean you can't really hate any of the parts when they cost that much as they are all good but some just not right for some jobs.
    I do not care for AMD and SLI just because you'll be using an nvidia chipset and my past experiences with them have been poor.
    I also do not care for 6 cores for games although i mostly use my computer for other things which may like those 6 cores, but i don't find too many uses for 2 480's outside of gaming.

    Hopefully the next one will be one i can't help but agree with, A i5-750/760 with 2 460's in sli :D
  • Tamz_msc
    This month's SBM is forgettable.It confirms that AMD+SLI = BIG fail.
  • Tamz_msc
    A better option( without sacrificing GTX 480 SLI) in my opinion is:
    Core i7 950 (add 100$)
    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (add 50$)
    GSkill 6GB RAM(subtract 70$)
  • proofhitter
    Big CPU fail. I love your honesty, good one Tom's! Nice try nevertheless. Keep it up!
  • jrharbort
    The lesson here? AMD hexacores are still the best value on the market, but is still unable to keep up with the i7 in overall performance clock for clock. It's sadly not the best choice in high end systems, but it still wont stop me from recomending it to friends interested in sub-$1000 systems.
  • sassan_88
    I dont like systems Based on AMD's chipset
  • jj463rd
    With Sandybridge and Bulldozer just right around the corner I don't think that it makes any sense to build right now with current (especially CPU + motherboard)components.
  • Crashman
    jj463rdWith Sandybridge and Bulldozer just right around the corner I don't think that it makes any sense to build right now with current (especially CPU + motherboard)components.Maybe not...this system was built a couple months ago.
  • makwy2
    Love the honesty. I think this is just shows that a MUCH cheaper AMD chip ($700 less) is close but not quite in true competition with the top of the line Intel chip. I'll stick to my AMD chips because I am not made of money.

    Again, I love the honesty and straight talk TH brings with these bi-monthly features that give system builders a real idea about performance and cost-effective parts.
  • aaron92
    I really do value the AMD Hex vs Intel, 6 cores is already cutting edge and 12 threads is going beyond a desktop computer for this year atleast.