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Test Setup

Parallel Processing, Part 2: RAM and HDD
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We selected a typical upper mainstream configuration for this project :

Platform
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 (65nm, 3000 MHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard DFI LANParty UT P35-T2R, Rev : A.03
Chipset : Intel P35, BIOS 23.08.2007
RAM Corsair CM2X1024-888C4D
2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4-4-4-12, 2T)
System Hard Drive Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD
150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
Additional Hard Drives Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD
150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
DVD-ROM Samsung SH-S183
Graphics Card Zotac GeForce 8800 GTS
GPU : GeForce 8800 GTS (500 MHz)
RAM : 320 MB GDDR3 (1600 MHz)
Sound Card Integrated
Power Supply Enermax EG565P-VE
ATX 2.01, 510 Watt
System Software & Drivers
OS Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform Drivers Intel Version 8.3.1013
Graphics Drivers Nvidia Forceware 162.18

An AMD Athlon 64 X2 system would have been more memory sensitive, but its overall performance is smaller, which is why we decided to stay with the Intel Core 2 Duo system.

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings
3D-Games
Call Of Duty 2 Version : 1.3 Retail
Video Mode : 1280x960
Anti Aliasing : off
Graphics Card : medium
Timedemo demo2
Prey Version : 1.3
Video Mode : 1280x1024
Video Quality : game default
Vsync = off
Benchmark : THG-Demo
Quake 4 Version : 1.2 (Dual-Core Patch)
Video Mode : 1280x1024
Video Quality : high
THG Timedemo waste.map
timedemo demo8.demo 1 (1 = load textures)
Audio
Lame MP3 Version 3.98 Beta 5
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to mp3
160 kbps
Video
TMPEG 3.0 Express Version : 3.0.4.24 (no Audio)
fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9
Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.7 Version : 6.7 (4 Logical CPUs)
Profile : High Definition Profile
1-pass, 3000 kbit/s
Encoding mode : Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
no Audio
XviD 1.1.3 Version : 1.1.3
Target quantizer : 1.00
Mainconcept H.264 v2 Version 2.1
260 MB MPEG-2 source (1920x1080) 16:9
Codec : H.264
Mode : NTSC
Audio : AAC
Profile : High
Stream : Program
Applications
Winrar Version 3.70
(303 MB, 47 Files, 2 Folders)
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 kB
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Version : 8.0
Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"
Rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Cinebench Version : R10
1 CPU, x CPU run
Sysmark 2007 Preview Version 1.01
Official Run
Synthetics
PCMark05 Pro Version : 1.2.0
CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
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