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System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $1000 PC

We compare our new build to the $1000 enthusiast system we put together for our last SBM in September 2010. The Intel Core i3-550/Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 SLI combo should have a higher capacity for playable high-resolution graphics than the preceding Core i5-750/GeForce GTX 470 config. But the previous system’s quad-core CPU is expected to outperform our dual-core model in threaded productivity and transcoding applications.

$1000 Enthusiast PC Test Settings
 Standard SpeedOverclocked
MotherboardASUS Sabertooth 55i
Chipset: Intel P55
ProcessorIntel Core i3-550
3.2 GHz, Dual Core, 4 MB L3 Cache
4019 MHz at 1.35 V,
167.5 MHz BCLK
MemoryGeIL Black Dragon 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) SDRAM DDR3-1333
Dual-Channel Desktop Memory Kit, CAS 7-7-7-24-1T
DDR3-1004, CAS 7-7-7-24-1T
Graphics2 x ECS NBGTX460 (SLI)
1 GB GDDR5-3700 Per Card
GeForce GTX 460 GPU at 765/1530 MHz core/shaders
825/1650 MHz core/shaders
Hard DrivesWestern Digital Caviar Black 750 GB
7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 3Gb/s
OpticalLG 22x DVD – GH22LS50 OEM
22x DVD+R, 8x DVD+RW, 48x CD ROM
CaseNZXT Gamma
PowerCorsair CMPSU-650TX 650 W
ATX12V, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Certified
$1000 Enthusiast PC (From Previous SBM) Test Settings
 Standard SpeedOverclocked
MotherboardAsus P7P55D-E LX
LGA 1156, Intel P55 chipset, BIOS 1003
ProcessorIntel Core i5-750
  2.66 GHz, Four Cores, 8 MB L3 Cache
3.75 GHz, 178 MHz Reference Clock 
MemoryCrucial 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) SDRAM DDR3-1333
Dual-Channel Desktop Memory Kit, CAS 9-9-9-24-1T
DDR3-1070, CAS 8-8-8-22-1T
GraphicsMSI GeForce GTX 470
1280 MB GDDR5-3348 Per Card
607/1215 MHz GPU/Shaders, 837 MHz Mem
690/1380 MHz GPU/Shaders, 845 MHz Mem
Hard DrivesWestern Digital Caviar Black 640 GB
7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 3Gb/s
OpticalLite-On iHAS124
24x DVD+R, 8x DVD+RW, 48x CD ROM
CaseAntec Three HundredUnchanged
PowerCorsair CMPSU-650HX 650 W
ATX12V, EPS12V , 80 PLUS Certified

And here's a list of 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
DiRT 2
In-game benchmark
Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA
Call of Duty:
Modern Warfare 2
Campaign, Act III, Second Sun (45 sec. FRAPS)
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
Call of Pripyat
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat benchmark version
Test Set 1: High Preset, DX11 EFDL, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Preset, DX11 EFDL, 4x MSAA
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
Version: x64
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
Handbrake 0.9.4Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob file
from "The Last Samurai" (1 GB) to .mp4
High Profile
TMPGEnc 4.0 ExpressVersion:
Import File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.9.1Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
XviD 1.2.2Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1
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 Kb/s)
Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64-bit)Version: 11.0 x64, Filter 15.7MB TIF Image
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 9.0Version: 9.0.663, Virus base: 270.14.1/2407
Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
7-ZipVersion 4.65: Format=Zip, Compression=Ultra,
Method=Deflate, Dictionary Size=32KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8
Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.01, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark VantageVersion: x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2010Version 2010.1.16.11, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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