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Benchmark And Overclocking Configurations

System Builder Marathon Q1 2014: System Value Compared

By using a non-K-series processor and a motherboard without much overclocking flexibility, Paul misses most of the thrill that would have come from tweaking his $750 system. Graphics is all that remains for him to optimize.

In the first day of this quarter's System Builder Marathon, I mentioned that my huge liquid cooler could be seen by some as a waste of money, since the Core i7-4770K's die seems to suffer from thermal density issues. I guessed I'd shed no more than 3 °C and gain no more than 100 MHz compared to my results with larger air coolers. We see that 100 MHz difference here, even though the $1600 machine’s heat sink is slightly smaller those I had in mind.

Test Hardware Configurations
 $750 Gaming PC$1600 Enthusiast PC$2400 Reader's PC
Intel Core i3-4130: 3.4 GHz, Two Physical Cores
No O/C
Intel Core i7-4770K: 3.5 -
3.9 GHz, Four Physical Cores
O/C to 4.4 GHz, 1.20 V
Intel Core i7-4770K: 3.5 -
3.9 GHz, Four Physical Cores
O/C to 4.5 GHz, 1.25 V
Zotac GeForce GTX 770: 1098 MHz GPU, GDDR5-7010
O/C to 1283 MHz, GDDR5-7610
Galaxy GeForce GTX 780: 928 MHz GPU, GDDR5-7000
O/C to 1128 MHz, GDDR5-7300
2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 780: 902 MHz GPU, GDDR5-6008
O/C to 1059 MHz, GDDR5-6720
8 GB Adata DDR3-1600 CAS 9-9-9-24, No O/C8 GB Corsair DDR3-1866 CAS 9-10-9-27, No O/C16 GB G.Skill DDR3-1866 CAS 9-10-9-28, O/C to DDR3-2133 CL 10-11-10-28, 1.585 V
Asus H81M-K: LGA 1150, Intel H81 Express
Stock 100 MHz BCLK
ASRock Z87 Pro3: LGA 1150, Intel Z87 Express
Stock 100 MHz BCLK
ASRock Z87 Extreme4: LGA 1150, Intel Z87 Express
Stock 100 MHz BCLK
CaseRosewill Line-MNZXT Phantom 410NZXT Phantom 410
CPU CoolerIntel Core i3 boxed coolerCooler Master Hyper 212 EVOThermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme
Hard DriveWestern Digital WD10EZEX: 1 TB, 7200 RPM, 64 MB CacheSamsung MZ-7TE120BW 120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSDSanDisk SDSSDHP-256G-G2 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD
PowerRosewill Capstone-450-M: 450 W Semi-Modular, 80 PLUS GoldCorsair TX650: 650 W, 80 PLUS BronzeCorsair HX750: 750 W Semi-Modular, 80 PLUS Gold
OSMicrosoft Windows 8 Pro x64
GraphicsNvidia ForceWare 332.21 WHQLNvidia GeForce 334.89Nvidia GeForce 335.23
ChipsetIntel INF INF INF
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
Battlefield 4Version, DirectX 11, 100-sec. Fraps "Tashgar"
Test Set 1: Medium Quality Preset, No AA, 4X AF, SSAO
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset,  4X MSAA, 16X AF, HBAO
Grid 2Version, Direct X 11, Built-in Benchmark
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 8x MSAA
Arma 3Version 1.08.113494, 30-Sec. Fraps "Infantry Showcase"
Test Set 1: Standard Preset, No AA, Standard AF
Test Set 2: Ultra Preset, 8x FSAA, Ultra AF
Far Cry 3V. 1.04, DirectX 11, 50-sec. Fraps "Amanaki Outpost"
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA, Standard ATC, SSAO
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 4x MSAA, Enhanced ATC, HDAO
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe After Effects CCVersion Create Video which includes 3 Streams, 210 Frames, Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously
Adobe Photoshop CCVersion 14.0 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Adobe Premeire Pro CCVersion 7.0.0 (342), 6.61 GB MXF Project to H.264 to H.264 Blu-ray, Output 1920x1080, Maximum Quality
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunesVersion x64: Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes, default AAC format 
LAME MP3Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 0.99: Video from Canon Eos 7D (1920x1080, 25 FPS) 1 Minutes 22 Seconds
Audio: PCM-S16, 48,000 Hz, Two-channel, to Video: AVC1 Audio: AAC (High Profile)
TotalCode Studio 2.5Version: MPEG-2 to H.264, MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
ABBYY FineReaderVersion Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
Adobe Acrobat 11Version Print PDF from 115 Page PowerPoint, 128-bit RC4 Encryption
Autodesk 3ds Max 2013Version 15.0 x64: Space Flyby Mentalray, 248 Frames, 1440x1080
BlenderVersion: 2.68A, Cycles Engine, Syntax blender -b thg.blend -f 1, 1920x1080, 8x Anti-Aliasing, Render THG.blend frame 1
Visual Studio 2010Version 10.0, Compile Google Chrome, Scripted
File Compression
WinZipVersion 18.0 Pro: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"
WinRARVersion 5.0: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"
7-ZipVersion 9.30 alpha (64-bit): THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark 11Version:, Benchmark Only
3DMark ProfessionalVersion: (64-bit), Fire Strike Benchmark
PCMark 8Version: 1.0.0 x64, Full Test
SiSoftware SandraVersion 2014.02.20.10, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia / Cryptography, Memory Bandwidth Benchmarks

Several application benchmarks have been updated for today’s presentation, so some of the numbers might appear inconsistent with previous articles, including individual build articles from this series.

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