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System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2009: $2,500 Performance PC

The following is a summary of standard and overclocked hardware configurations used in today’s benchmarks.

$2,500 Performance PC Test Settings
 Standard SpeedOverclocked
MotherboardGigabyte P55-UD4P LGA 1156
Chipset: Intel P55-Express
ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 2.80 GHz
Four Cores, 8.0MB L3 Cache
 3.65 GHz at 1.312V,
203 MHz Base Clock 
Memory2 x Crucial 4.0GB DDR3-1333 Kit
4 x 2.0GB (8.0GB Total), CAS 9-9-9-28
 DDR3-1624 at 1.64V,
CAS 8-8-8-18 
Graphics2 x Diamond HD 5870 (CrossFireX)
1.0GB GDDR5-4800 Per Card
Radeon HD 5870 GPU at 850 MHz
900 MHz GPU
Hard Drives2 x WD Caviar Black WD2001FASS (RAID 1)
2.0TB, 7,200 RPM, 64MB Cache, SATA 3.0 Gb/s
OpticalLG WH08LS20 BD-RE
8x BD-R, 2x BD-RE, 16x DVD±R
CaseLian-Li LanCool PC-K7B Unchanged 
PowerCorsair CMPSU-850HX Modular 850W
ATX12V 2.2, EPS12V 2.91, 80-Plus Silver
CPU CoolerXigmatek HDT-S1284EE (120mm Fan)
plus Crossbow ACK-15363 Bracket Kit

And now for the benchmarks:

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
CrysisPatch 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
Fallout 3Patch 1.7, Saved Game "Capital Wasteland" (60 sec)
Test Set 1: Highest Details, No AA, No AF
Test Set 2: Highest Details, 4x AA, 15x AF
Far Cry 2Patch 1.03, DirectX 10, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: Very High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 4x AA
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.XPatch 1.02, DirectX 10.1, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
World in ConflictPatch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo
Test 1: Very High Details, No AA / No AF
Test 2: Very High Details 4x AA / 16x AF
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunes 8Version: (x64)
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
Lame MP3Version: 3.98.2, wave to MP3
Audio CD "Terminator II" SE, 53 min
wave to MP3
TMPGEnc 4.0 ExpressVersion:
Import File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.8.5Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
XviD 1.2.2Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1
Reference H.264 Plugin Pro 1.5.1
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)
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64-bit)Version: 11.0 Extended, Filter 15.7MB TIF Image
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2009Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8.5Version: 8.5.287, Virus database 2094, Benchmark: Scan 334MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4,096KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334MB)
WinZip 12Version 12.1, WinZip Command Line Version 3.0
Compression = Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.01, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.00, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player
SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP4aVersion 2009.9.15.130, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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