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Benchmark And Overclocking Configurations

System Builder Marathon Q4 2013: System Value Compared
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Like it or not, Intel’s XMP technology provides overclocking modes for DRAM. Don left his system at its unconfigured defaults (SPD values) for baseline measurements and enabled XMP as his overclocked mode.

But unlike other overclocking options, XMP modes are part of the module’s rated performance. Paul and I chose to enable this feature for baseline measurements, and I was able to put my memory performance even higher using manual O/C methods.

Test Hardware Configurations
 $800 Gaming PC$1600 Enthusiast PC$2400 Performance PC
Processor
(Overclock)
Intel Core i5-3570: 3.4 - 3.6 GHz, Four Physical Cores, O/C to 3.8 - 4.0 GHz 1.26 VIntel Core i5-4670K: 3.4 - 3.8 GHz, Four Physical Cores, O/C to 4.30 GHz, 1.30 VIntel Core i7-4930K: 3.4 -
3.90 GHz, Six Physical Cores
O/C to 4.4 - 4.6 GHz, +140 mV
Graphics
(Overclock)
Gigabyte R9 280X: 1100 MHz GPU, GDDR5-6000, O/C to 1115 MHz GPU, GDDR5-64002 x MSI GTX 770: 1089 MHz GPU, GDDR5-6008, O/C to 1212 MHz GDDR5-75122 x Asus R9 290: 947 MHz GPU,  GDDR5-5000
O/C to 1100 MHz, GDDR5-5600
Memory
(Overclock)
8 GB Team Vulcan DDR3-1600 CAS 9-9-9-24, No O/C8 GB Patriot DDR3-1600 CAS 9-9-9-24 1T, O/C to DDR3-1866 CL 9-10-9-27, 1.50 V16 GB G.Skill DDR3-1866 CAS 9-10-9-28, O/C to DDR3-2133 CL 10-11-10, 1.585 V
Motherboard
(Overclock)
ASRock Z75 Pro3: LGA 1155, Intel Z75 Express
Stock 100 MHz BCLK
Asus Z87-PLUS: LGA 1150, Intel Z87 Express
Stock 100 MHz BCLK
ASRock X79 Extreme4:
LGA 2011, Intel X79 Express
Stock 100 MHz BCLK
OpticalLite-On iHAS124-04: 24x DVD±R, 48x CD-RLite-On iHAS124-04: 24x DVD±R, 48x CD-RPioneer BDR-208DBK: 15x BD-R
CaseXigmatek CCC-AE37BS-U02NZXT GAMA-001BKFractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl
CPU CoolerIntel Boxed CoolerEnermax ETS-T40-TBThermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme
Hard DriveWestern Digital WD10EZEX: 1 TB SATA 6Gb/s HDDSamsung MZ-7PD128BW: 128 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSDSanDisk SDSSDHP-256G-G2 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD
PowerEVGA 100-B1-0500-KR: 500 W, ATX12V v2.3, 80 PLUS BronzeCORSAIR TX750 V2: 750 W, ATX12V v2.3, 80 PLUS BronzeSeasonic SS-850AM: 850 W, 80 PLUS Bronze
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 8 Pro x64
GraphicsAMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta  9.4Nvidia GeForce R331.93 BetaAMD Catalyst 13.12
ChipsetIntel INF 9.4.0.1017Intel INF 9.3.0.1026
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
Battlefield 4Version 1.0.0.1, DirectX 11, 100-Sec. Fraps "Tashgar"
Test Set 1: Medium Quality Preset, No AA, 4X AF, SSAO
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset,  4X MSAA, 16X AF, HBAO
Grid 2Version 1.0.85.8679, DirectX 11, Built-in Benchmark
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 8x MSAA
Arma IIIVersion 1.08.113494, 30-Sec. Fraps "Infantry Showcase"
Test Set 1: Standard Preset, No AA, Standard AF
Test Set 2: Ultra Preset, 8x FSAA, Ultra AF
Far Cry 3V. 1.04, DirectX 11, 50-Sec. Fraps "Amanaki Outpost"
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA, Standard ATC, SSAO
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 4x MSAA, Enhanced ATC, HDAO
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe After Effects CS6Version 11.0.0.378 x64: Create Video which includes Three Streams, 210 Frames, Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously
Adobe Photoshop CS6Version 13 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Adobe Premeire Pro CS6Version 6.0.0.0, 6.61 GB MXF Project to H.264 to H.264 Blu-ray, Output 1920x1080, Maximum Quality
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunesVersion 11.0.4.4 x64: Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes, default AAC format 
LAME MP3Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 0.99: Video from Canon EOS 7D (1920x1080, 25 FPS) 1 Minutes 22 Seconds
Audio: PCM-S16, 48,000 Hz, Two-Channel, to Video: AVC1 Audio: AAC (High Profile)
TotalCode Studio 2.5Version: 2.5.0.10677: MPEG-2 to H.264, MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, Two-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
Productivity
ABBYY FineReaderVersion 10.0.102.95: Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
Adobe Acrobat XVersion 11.0.0.379: Print PDF from 115 Page PowerPoint, 128-bit RC4 Encryption
Autodesk 3ds Max 2013Version 15.0 x64: Space Flyby Mentalray, 248 Frames, 1440x1080
BlenderVersion: 2.67b, Cycles Engine, Syntax blender -b thg.blend -f 1, 1920x1080, 8x Anti-Aliasing, Render THG.blend frame 1
Visual Studio 2010Version 10.0, Compile Google Chrome, Scripted
File Compression
WinZipVersion 17.0 Pro: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"
WinRARVersion 4.2: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"
7-ZipVersion 9.28: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark 11Version: 1.0.3, Benchmark Only
PCMark 8Version: 1.0.0 x64, Full Test
SiSoftware Sandra 2013Version: 2013.01.19.50, Processor  Arithmetic,
Cryptography, Memory Bandwidth Benchmarks
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