System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: $1,250 Enthusiast Build

Power And Temperature Benchmarks

Our first run of power benchmarks produced some anomalously-low readings. While we usually test graphics power draw using the GPU-punishing FurMark benchmark, we had to revert to our old method of stressing the GPUs with 3DMark Vantage's Perlin Noise benchmark.

As a result, you can see the power draw from the current system is very close to the previous SBM system. This is a bit surprising since the current system is using twice the number of graphics cards.

The Phenom II X4 945 is a cool runner compared to the Core i7-920, especially considering the poor airflow we had to deal with in our previous $1,300 SBM machine and its microATX case.

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  • mi1ez
    And remember, these systems are all being given away at the end of the marathon. Keep an eye on this space; this is where we'll post the link to enter the contest for all three systems once the series concludes!

    And remember folks, this competition is NOT open to UK residents!
  • rickbmb
    Nice !
    Interesting choice going with 4 cards, i wonder how much difference you would get with 2 x 4890, i bet it'd be real close to the 4 x 4850.
  • jimishtar
    four cards is simply stoopid. i mean, its 4850, who needs four of them??
  • broken_sticks
    if i won that machine, i'd swiftly put two of those GPUs to better use...
  • devilxc
    I assume the price for the intel computer was what it was in April and not now? If that is the case; the intel computer is cheaper, better at everything excluding gaming, about the same at gaming and cheaper to upgrade (2 cards instead of 4).

    Just a thought.