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System Builder Marathon: Price/Performance

Synthetic Benchmarks

Let’s begin by analyzing the synthetic benchmarks. This will set a performance expectation that we will keep in mind when comparing to actual performance.

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system builder marathon

3DMark shows us that the overclocked versions of each system usually matches and sometimes beats the stock-clocked system in the next higher value tier.

system builder marathon

system builder marathon

system builder marathon

system builder marathon

PCMark shows us some interesting data, but nothing unexpected. The hard drive test favors the RAID configurations of the sub-$2,000 and sub-$4,000 machines.

system builder marathon

system builder marathon

system builder marathon

And SiSoft Sandra XII shows us some more points of interest. You can really see which synthetic benchmarks favor multiple cores, and which ones seem to be satisfied with the dual-core sub-$1,000 machine.