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System Builder Marathon, June 2011: $2000 Performance PC

Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark

We credit the new machine’s improved drivers for a slight boost in 3DMark, which comes in spite of a slightly lower CPU frequency and slightly worse memory timings in the new overclocked configuration.

PCMark hands the overall win to the previous system, again by a small amount. This time, those drivers don't give the Games sub-test enough of a boost to counteract the more conservative overclock.

The new build achieves a higher score in PCMark’s HDD tests, particularly in the Media Center test pattern.

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