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System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: AMD System Value Compared

Here’s a quick recap of the performance settings used to test each system, including overclock values.

System Builder Marathon Performance Settings

$650-Limit Build$1,250-Limit Build$2,500-Limit Build
ProcessorAMD Phenom II X2 550 BE
3.1 GHz at 3.65 GHz
(18 x 203 MHz), 1.35V
AMD Phenom II X4 945
3 GHz at 3.68 GHz
 (15 x 245 MHz), 1.46V
AMD Phenom II X4 955
3.2 GHz at 3.91 GHz
(19 x 206 MHz), 1.4875V
MemoryOCZ Gold OCZ2G10664GK
DDR2-1066 at DDR2-1083
CAS 6-5-5-18, 2.10V
Patriot PVS34G1333LLKN
DDR3-1333 at DDR3-1306
CAS 7-7-7-20, 1.65V
Crucial CT2KIT25664BA1339
DDR3-1333 at DDR3-1648
CAS 8-7-7-18, 1.65V
Graphics2 x Sapphire 100245HDMI
Radeon HD 4850 512MB
700 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2260
4 x Gigabyte GV-R485OC-1GH
Radeon HD 4850 1GB
700 MHz GPU, GDDR3-1920
3 x MSI R4890-T2D1G OC
Radeon HD 4890 1GB
930 MHz GPU, GDDR5-4600
OS/Program DrivesWD Blue WD5000AAKS
500GB, 7200 RPM
WD Black WD6401AALS
640GB, 7200 RPM
2 x Intel X25-M 80GB Model

And now for the benchmarks:

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
CrysisPatch 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
Fallout 3Patch, Saved Game "Capital Wasteland" (60 sec)
Test Set 1: Highest Details, No AA, No AF
Test Set 2: Highest Details, 4x AA, 15x AF
Far Cry 2DirectX 10, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: Very High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 4x AA
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.XDirectX 10.1, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
World in ConflictPatch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo
Test 1: Very High Details, No AA / No AF
Test 2: Very High Details 4x AA / 16x AF
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunes 8Version: (x64)
Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
Lame MP3Version: 3.98 64bits (07-04-2008)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to MP3
TMPEG 4.6Version:
Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.8.5Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
XviD 1.2.1Display 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)
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64-bit)Version: 11.0 Extended, Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2009Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8.5Version: 8.5.287, Virus database 2094, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.80Version 3.80, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
WinZip 12Version 12.0, Compression = Best, WinZIP Commandline Version 3.0,Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.00, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player
SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP3Version 2009.4.15.92, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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