Since I don't really do systems, when it came to comparing our new budget PC there wasn't a lot of options. Since I had just tested our new Commander PC, though, I thought I'd throw that into the mix in both stock and overclocked form. The component side of our Commander PC comes in at $1405 US, so it's really a good chunk more expensive and it will be really interesting to see how it compares to our more budget orientated system.
We also took the time to overclock our new $599 PC, but of course because we don't have the luxury of changing the multiplier like we do on our 2600k, nor do we have the luxury of a large BCLK range like the X58 platform, our OC was limited to pushing our BCLK to only 103.
This resulted in our CPU going from 3.1GHz to almost 3.2GHz. Since we didn't get much of an OC on that, we also took the time to overclock the ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU and that went well, ending up at 1050MHz on the core, while the 1GB of GDDR5 came in at 4300MHz QDR. Overall, the OC isn't anything really major, but it will be interesting to see what the extra MHz on both the GPU and CPU bring to the table.
Let's get started!
Replacing Everest in our labs is AIDA64. This new testing suite is from the core development team from Lavalys and continues that tradition. The guys have thrown in better support for multithreaded CPUs as well as full 64 bit support. We use this to test memory and HDDs for now, but may find ourselves opening this up to other areas of the motherboard.
Firing up AIDA64, I was really surprised to see the performance that was on offer from the i3 2100. At stock and overclocked it doesn't sit all that far behind the 2600k in our Commander PC. Where you see the two systems really separate, though, is when the Commander PC gets a 1.6GHz jump on our budget PC.
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