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$599 Gaming PC Built and Tested (Page 5)

By Shawn Baker from May 4, 2011 @ 5:06 CDT
Manufacturer: TweakTown

3DMark 11

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.3dmark.com/3dmark11/
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3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular benchmark. Designed to measure your PC's gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.

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Here we see the main difference between our two systems and that's thanks to the HD 6950 that's in the Commander PC. While not included, what I found really interesting was comparing the score of our GTX 550 Ti ASUS card here against our 980X testbed.

Here we can see that the GTX 550 Ti Direct CU managed to score P2778 when we had our system overclocked. On our 980X testbed the same card clocked 13MHz QDR higher on the memory, but with the same core speed and scored P2881. That's such a small difference and it shows that when dealing with these mid-range cards you don't need to have a massive CPU on hand.

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