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System Builder Marathon, December 2010: Value, Compared
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Test Hardware Configurations
 Current $500 PCCurrent $1000 PCCurrent $2000 PC
Motherboard
(Overclock)
ASRock M3A770DE
AMD 770, SB710
O/C at 250 MHz RCLK
Asus Sabertooth 55i
Intel P55 Express PCH
O/C at 167 MHz BCLK
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
Intel X58, ICH10R
O/C at 189 MHz BCLK
Processor
(Overclock)
AMD Athlon II X3 445
3.1 GHz Triple-Core
O/C to 3.88 GHz, 1.40 V
Intel Core i3-550
3.2 GHz Dual-Core
O/C to 4.02 GHz, 1.35 V
Intel Core i7-950
3.06 GHz, Quad-Core
O/C to 4.35 GHz, 1.40 V
Memory
(Overclock)
6 GB Mushkin DDR3-1333
CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50 V
Unchanged
4 GB Geil DDR3-1333
CAS 7-7-7-24, U/C @1.50 V
to DDR3-1004 7-7-7-24
6 GB Mushkin DDR3-1333
CAS 9-9-9-24, U/C @1.60 V
to DDR3-1133 CL 7-6-7-18
Graphics
(Overclock)
Sparkle GTX 460 768 MB
675 MHz, GDDR5-3600
823 MHz, GDDR5-4200
2 x ECS GTX 460 1 GB
765 MHz, GDDR5-3700
825 MHz, GDDR5-3800
2 x EVGA GTX 470
607 MHz, GDDR5-3348
702 MHz, GDDR5-3404
Hard DriveSamsung F4 HD322GJ/U
320 GB, 7200 RPM HDD
WD WD7501AALS
750 GB, 7200 RPM HDD
2 x A-Data S599 MLC SSD
64 GB x2 (128 GB Striped)
OpticalLite-On iHAS 124-04
24x DVD±R, 48x CD-R
LG GH22LS50 DVD-RW
22x DVD±R, 48x CD-R
Lite-On iHBS112 BD-RE
12x BD-R, 16x DVD±R
CaseAntec NSK 4482BNZXT GammaSilverStone Fortress FT02B
PowerAntec EA-380D
380 W, 80 PLUS Bronze
Corsair CMPSU-650TX
650 W, 80 PLUS
SilverStone ST85F-P 850 W
Modular, 80 PLUS Silver
CPU CoolerRosewill RCX-ZAIO-92Cooler Master
Hyper 212 Plus
Prolimatech Megahalems
Delta AFC1212D-PWM
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 260.99
ChipsetAMD Platform Driver 8.631Intel INF 9.1.2.1007
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, 8x AA
F1 2010V1.01, Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml
Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA
Just Cause 2Demo Version 1.0.0.2, Built-In Benchmark
Test Set 1: Medium Details, No AA, 8x AF
Test Set 2: Highest Details, 8x AA, 16x AF
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of PripyatCall Of Pripyat Benchmark version
Test Set 1: High Preset, DX11 EFDL, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Preset, DX11 EFDL, 4x MSAA
Audio/Video Encoding 
iTunesVersion:9.0.2.25 x64
Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes
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 XPressVersion: 4.7.3.292
Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX Codec 6.9.1Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
Xvid 1.2.2Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1MPEG2 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)
Productivity
Adobe Photoshop CS4Version: 11.0 x64, Filter 15.7 MB 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=32 KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8
Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.0.1, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.0.1.0 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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