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System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: $650 Gaming PC

$650 Gaming PC System Test Configuration

Base Settings
Overclock Setting
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition (Callisto), 3.1 GHz
2,000 MHz HyperTransport, 2000 MHz northbridge, 6MB L3 Cache
3.654 GHz (18 x 203 MHz), 1.35 V
2,030 MHz HyperTransport, 2,436 MHz northbridge
CPU Cooler
AMD Boxed Heatsink/Fan
Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P (rev. 1.0)
AMD 790X / SB750, BIOS F5 (06/03/2009)
4GB OCZ2G10664GK PC2-8500
2 x 2048MB, DDR2-1066, CL 5-6-6-18 at 2.1V
DDR2-1083, CL 5-6-6-18 at 2.1V
2 x Sapphire 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB
625 MHz GPU, 1,986 MHz Memory Data Rate
700MHz GPU, 2,260 MHz Memory
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS
500GB, 7,2000 RPM, 16MB Cache
Integrated 7.1-Channel HD Audio
Integrated Gigabit Networking
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W
Samsung Black 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-S223B
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition x64, Service Pack 1
Graphics Driver
AMD Catalyst 9.9
Platform Driver
AMD UD3 7 Series Utility DVD 2.01 B9.0217.2
Benchmark  Configuration
3D Games
Patch 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
Far Cry 2
DirectX 10, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: Very High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 4x AA
Fallout 3
Patch 1.7, Custom THG Benchmark
Test Set 1: Ultra High Quality, No MSAA, No AF
Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 4x MSAA, 15x AF
World in Conflict
Patch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo
Test 1: Very High Details, No AA / No AF
Test 2: Very High Details 4x AA / 16x AF
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
DirectX 10.1, in-game benchmark
Test 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
Audio Video Encoding
iTunes 8
Version: (x64)
Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
Lame MP3
Version: 3.98 64bits (07-04-2008)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to MP3
Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.8.5
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
XviD 1.2.1
Display 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 kbp/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Autodesk 3ds Max 2009
Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti Virus 8.5
Version: 8.5.287, Virus database 2094, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.80
Version 3.80, WinZIP Commandline Version 3.0, Compression = Best, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
WinZip 12
Version 12.0, Compression = Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Version 11.0 (64-bit)
Applying 6 filters to a 16 MB TIFF image
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark Vantage
Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark Vantage
Version: 1.00, System, Memories, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player
SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP3
Version 2009.4.15.92, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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