Performance Summary Charts
Here are the performance results of 35 games and 5 synthetic tests comparing BTR’s flagship with PCGz’ Blue Elixir. Click on each chart to open in a pop-up for best viewing.
All gaming results show average framerates in bold text, and higher is better. Minimum framerates (1% lows/99-percentiles) are next to the averages in italics and in a slightly smaller font. We picked the highest settings as shown on the charts. Wins are show by yellow text.
The PCGz Blue Elite by virtue of its faster EVGA RTX 3080 FTW trades blows with BTR’s flagship PC in 1080P gaming. Generally, there are very little performance differences. BTR’s PC excels when a faster CPU/DDR5 makes a positive performance difference. We would expect even less of an advantage in CPU-heavy games at 1440P or at 4K when the faster PCGz video card would probably pull ahead. Score a win or at least a tie for the PCGz i7-10700K/DDR4 prebuilt PC at less cost than BTR’s i9-12900KF/DDR5 build.
Let’s look at non-gaming applications next to see if the PC GamerZ Hawaii PC is also a solid performer in creative/workstation/pro tasks starting with Blender benchmarks.
Blender 3.01 Benchmark
Blender is a very popular open source 3D content creation suite. It supports every aspect of 3D development with a complete range of tools for professional 3D creation.
We benchmarked all three Open Data Blender.org benchmarks which measures both CPU and GPU performance by measuring samples per second by render production files.
For the following chart, higher is better as the benchmark renders a scene multiple times and gives the results as samples per second.
The 12900KF spanks the 12700KF using Blender’s CPU rendering benchmarks, but the 12700KF/RTX 3080 FTW combination is faster than the 12900KF/RTX 3080 FE equipped PC in the GPU benchmarks.
Next, we move on to AIDA64 CPU, Cache & Memory, and GPGPU benchmarks.
AIDA64 is an important industry tool for benchmarkers. Its GPGPU benchmarks measure performance and give scores to compare against other popular video cards while it’s CPU benchmarks compare relative performance of processors.
AIDA64’s benchmark code methods are written in Assembly language, and they are well-optimized for every popular AMD, Intel, NVIDIA and VIA processor by utilizing the appropriate instruction set extensions. We use the Engineer’s full version of AIDA64 courtesy of FinalWire. AIDA64 is free to to try and use for 30 days.
CPU/FPU Benchmark Results
CPU results are summarized below in two charts for comparison.
GPGPU Benchmark Summary
Here is the comparison summarized between the BTR’s 12900KF/DDR5 flagship PC and the Blue Elixir 12700KF/DDR4 PC.
Cache & Memory Benchmarks
Here is the summary chart.
For workstation, creative, and professional applications using the CPU, the 12900KF/DDR5 combination performs well ahead of the PCGz Blue Elite’s 12700KF/DDR4 PC. So let’s look at Sandra 2021 next.
To see where the CPU, GPU, and motherboard performance results differ, there is no better tool than SiSoft’s Sandra 2021. SiSoftware SANDRA (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a excellent information & diagnostic utility in a complete package. It is able to provide all the information about your hardware, software, and other devices for diagnosis and for benchmarking. Sandra is derived from a Greek name that implies “defender” or “helper”.
There are several versions of Sandra, including a free version of Sandra Lite that anyone can download and use. Sandra 2021 is the latest version, and we are using the full engineer suite courtesy of SiSoft. Sandra 2021 features continuous multiple monthly incremental improvements over earlier versions of Sandra. It will benchmark and analyze all of the important PC subsystems and even rank your PC while giving recommendations for improvement.
We ran the latest version of Sandra’s intensive Processor benchmarks and summarize the overall results below.
In Sandra’s synthetic CPU benchmarks, the i9-12900KF is much stronger than the i7-12700KF.
Cinebench is based on MAXON’s professional 3D content creation suite, Cinema 4D. This latest R23 version of Cinebench can test up to 64 processor threads accurately and automatically. It is an excellent tool to compare CPU/memory performance and higher is better.
Cinebench’s Multi-Core benchmark will stress a CPU reasonably well over its 10-minute run and will show any weaknesses in CPU cooling. This is the test where we discovered that the Blue Elixir’s 12700K hit nearly 100C on Core 5 and lead us to conclude that the wrong LGA 1151 backplate was used by the PCGz builders instead of LGA 1700.
Here is the summary chart.
The 12900KF/DDR5 combination is the faster PC in Cinebench. However, the 12700KF/DDR4 PC has nothing to be ashamed of. Now we benchmark using GeekBench which measures CPU and GPU performance.
GeekBench is an excellent CPU/GPU benchmarking program which runs a series of tests and times how long the processor takes to complete its tasks.
Single Core Performance
First single core performance starting with the 12700KF/DDR4 Blue Elixir.
Now single core performance with the 12900KF/DDR5 PC.
The 12900KF has a stronger single core performance. Next we check multi-core.
Multi Core Performance
First CPU multi core performance starting with the 12700KF/DDR5 Blue Elixir.
Now CPU multi-core performance with BTR’s 12900KF.
Again, the i9-12900KF is stronger than the 12700KF in Multi-core performance benching.
Next we test the two PCs using OpenCL, CUDA, and Vulcan using GeekBench graphics-heavy benchmarks.
Open CL, CUDA, and Vulcan
First, we test the RTX 3080 FTW and the i7-12700KF using OpenCL, CUDA, and Vulcan
Finally, we test BTR’s RTX 3080 FE and the i9-12900KF using OpenCL, CUDA, and Vulcan
The summary charts below show the comparative performance scores.
In Geekbench, the stronger i9-12900KF/DDR5 PC pulls ahead of the i7-12700KF/DDR4 in every CPU test while the 12700KF/DDR5 Blue Elixir paired with the faster RTX 3080 FTW beats the i9-12900KF paired with the slower RTX 3080 FE in GPU compute except for the Vulcan benchmark.
Lets check out Octanebench, another GPU-heavy test
OctaneBench allows you to benchmark GPUs using OctaneRender. The hardware and software requirements to run OctaneBench are the same as for OctaneRender Standalone.
Here is the summary chart:
Again, the combination of the 12700KF with the RTX 3080 FTW is faster than the 12900KF with the RTX 3080 FE. Next up, SPECworkstation.
SPECworkstation3 (3.0.4) Benchmarks
All the SPECworkstation3 benchmarks are based on professional applications, most of which are in the CAD/CAM or media and entertainment fields. All of these benchmarks are free except to vendors of computer-related products and/or services. The most comprehensive workstation benchmark is SPECworkstation3. It’s a free-standing benchmark which does not require ancillary software. It measures GPU, CPU, storage and all other major aspects of workstation performance based on actual applications and representative workloads.
SPECviewperf 2020 GPU Benches
The SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization Group (SPECgpc) released a 2020 version of its SPECviewperf benchmark that features updated viewsets, new models, support for up to 4K display resolutions, and improved set-up and results management. We use 1900×1060 display resolution.
Here are SPECviewperf 2020 benchmarks summarized in the chart below.
Again the PC GamerZ PC is faster in eight of 9 individual benchmarks because of the faster RTX 3080 FTW.
The decision to buy a new CPU, memory, and video card should be based on the workflow and requirements of each user as well as their budget. Time is money depending on how these apps are used. However, the target demographic for the PC GamerZ Blue Elixir is primarily 1080P and 1440P gaming for gamers, and in this area, the Blue Elixir excels and it does not fare badly in the workstation and creative benchmarks.
Let’s head to our conclusion.