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Test System And Benchmarks

System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: $1,250 Enthusiast Build
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A couple notes here: we'll compare this system against the previous $1,300 SBM machine, which was based on a Core i7-920 with two GeForce GTX 260s in SLI.

Unfortunately, we didn't benchmark that system at 2560x1600 before sending it off to the lucky winner of that machine, which is where I anticipate the four Radeon HD 4850s would have shown the biggest advantage. While this is a pity, we'll be able to compare 2560x1600 game benchmarks against Thomas' $2,500 AMD system in the SBM conclusion article, so that will just have to suffice.

$1,250 AMD Enthusiast PC Test Settings

 

Standard Speed

Overclocked

Motherboard

MSI 790FX-GD70 ATX
AMD 790FX, AM3

 Unchanged

Processor

AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3 GHz,
200 MHz Reference Clock

 3.675 GHz at 1.46V
245 MHz Reference Clock

Memory

Patriot PVS34G1333LLKN 4GB DDR3-1333
2 x 2GB, CAS 7-7-7-20

 DDR3-1306

Graphics

4 x Gigabyte GV-R485OC-1GH
Radeon HD 4850 in CrossFire
  1GB GDDR3-1998 Per Card, 700 MHz GPU

Unchanged

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
7,200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3.0 Gb/s

 Unchanged

Optical

Sony Optiarc AD-7240S-0B
SATA 24X DVD±R

 Unchanged

Case

NZXT Tempest ATX Tower

 Unchanged

Power

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad S75CF
750 W, ATX12V 2.2, 80-Plus Certified

 Unchanged

CPU Cooler

Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283

 Unchanged

$1,300 Portable Performance PC (from previous SBM) Test Settings

 

Standard Speed

Overclocked

Motherboard

DFI LANParty Jr X58-T3H6 microATX
Intel X58/ICH10R, LGA 1366

 Unchanged

Processor

Intel Core i7-920 2.66 GHz,
2.80 GHz Turbo, 133 MHz Bclk, 1.36 V (load)

 3.44 GHz at 1.296V (load), 172 MHz Bclk

Memory

G.Skill 10666CL7T 6GB DDR3-1064
3 x 2GB, CAS 8-8-8-19, 1.56V

 DDR3-1378 at 1.56V,
CAS 8-8-8-19

Graphics

2 x BFG GeForce GTX 260 in SLI
  896MB GDDR3-1998 Per Card
590 MHz GPU, 1,296 MHz shader

600 MHz GPU, 1,300 MHz shader, GDDR3-2060

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
7,200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3.0 Gb/s

 Unchanged

Optical

Lite-On iHAS422 SATA
22X DVD±R

 Unchanged

Case

SilverStone TJ08-B microATX Mini-Tower

 Unchanged

Power

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad S75QB
750 W, ATX12V 2.2, 80-Plus Certified

 Unchanged

CPU Cooler

Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283

 Unchanged

Benchmark Configuration

3D Games

Crysis

Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Very High Quality, No AA

Far Cry 2

DirectX 10, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: Very High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 4x AA

World In Conflict

Patch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo
Test 1: Very High Details, No AA/No AF
Test 2: Very High Details 4x AA/16x AF

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

DirectX 10.1, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA

Fallout 3

Patch 1.0.0.17, Saved Game "Capital Wasteland" (60 sec)
Test Set 1: Highest Details, No AA, No AF
Test Set 2: Highest Details, 4x AA, 15x AF

Audio/Video Encoding

iTunes 8

Version: 8.1.0.52 (x64)
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min
Default format AAC

Lame MP3

Version: 3.98 64bits (07-04-2008)
Audio CD "Terminator II," 53 min.
wave to MP3

TMPGEnc 4.6

Version: 4.6.3.268
Import File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9

DivX 6.8.5

Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search

Xvid 1.2.1

Display encoding status = off

Mainconcept Reference 1.6.1

MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)

Productivity

Autodesk 3ds Max 2009

Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)

Photoshop CS4 (64-bit)

Version: 11.0 Extended, Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates

Gisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8.5

Version: 8.5.287, Virus database 2094, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files

WinRAR 3.80

Version 3.80, WinZip Command line Version 3.0, Compression = Best, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)

WinZip 12

Version 12.0, Compression = Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores

PCMark Vantage

Version: 1.00, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646

SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP3

Version 2009.4.15.92, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark

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