Fall Extreme Gamer System Shootout Part 2: ABS M6


CPU AMD Athlon 64 FX-57
Motherboard Asus A8N Deluxe
Memory 2GB Corsair DDR550 - 4 x 512MB
HDD 2 x Western Digital Raptors 74GB in RAID 0; 1 x Hitachi 400GB
DVD 16x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Drive, 16x DVD-ROM
Video Rerfrence Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX PCI-E 256MB DDR3
Sound Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
Power Supply Antec True 500W
OS Windows XP Pro SP2

The M6 is built around the AMD FX-57 on an Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard. With four sticks of 512MB Corsair DDR PC3200XL, this is a foundation for today's high-end systems. Because the system utilizes SLI, an Antec True 550w power supply was installed to ensure that sufficient power would be available at all times. And of course, no "real" gaming system would be complete without a high quality sound card: ABS includes a Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS.

ABS built our system in RAID-0 with 2x 74GB Western Digital Raptors. For backup, there is a 7200rpm SATA Hitachi 400GB drive. Let's just say that storage is not an issue in this system.

Multiple media card slots are available on the front of the case for Compact Flash, Microdrive, SD, Smart Media and Memory Stick along with the floppy drive - all of which are running on USB2.0. Additionally, a DVD-ROM drive and a dual-layer DVD burner all in matching black from the case are included.

The memory set from ABS boot at 333MHz instead of the 400MHz it could start with. The RAID array had also been damaged during the shipping process. We contacted ABS support and were asked to leave a telephone number to be called back at. We rebuilt the array and used the disc with the restore image to fully repair the system. While waiting for our call back, we switched the system to 400MHz to run all of our tests.

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