Page 1:Our Most Powerful Build Yet?
Page 2:Graphics And Power
Page 3:Motherboard, CPU, And RAM
Page 4:CPU Cooling And Case
Page 6:Hardware Installation
Page 8:Test Settings
Page 9:Benchmark Results: Crysis And Fallout 3
Page 10:Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2 And H.A.W.X.
Page 11:Benchmark Results: World In Conflict
Page 12:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 13:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 14:Benchmark Results: Synthetics
Page 15:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Our current build consumes approximately one third the idle power of our most recent high-end $2,500 build and most of that savings can probably be attributed to the updated graphics configuration. Full load power is also down significantly, making even our 850W power supply seem like overkill.
Our graphics card ran hot, as it appears ATI’s automatic fan controls are set for a peak temperature of 86 degrees Celsius. Our CPU ran nearly as hot under full load, and combining CPU and GPU loads (not shown) pushed our CPU temperatures upward by another 10 degrees.
An average performance increase of 18% combined with an average power increase of 23% yields an efficiency deficit of around 4% due to overclocking. Experience tells us that a lower-voltage overclock could have yielded an efficiency increase compared to stock settings, while a higher-voltage overclock would have made efficiency far worse.
- Our Most Powerful Build Yet?
- Graphics And Power
- Motherboard, CPU, And RAM
- CPU Cooling And Case
- Hardware Installation
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And Fallout 3
- Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2 And H.A.W.X.
- Benchmark Results: World In Conflict
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency