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Time To Upgrade, Part 2: Picking The Parts To Replace
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System Hardware
HardwareDetails
Performance Benchmarks
Base System
Motherboard
(Socket LGA 775)
MSI P35 Platinum (Rev. 1.0), Chipset: Intel P35, BIOS: 1.C (30/12/2009)
CPU IntelIntel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (65 nm, 2.66 GHz, 8 MB L2 Cache, TDP 130 W)
RAM DDR2 (dual)4 x 1 GB DDR2-800 (Corsair CM2C1024-6400C4 5-5-5-15)
GraphicsZotac GeForce 8800 GTS, GPU: G80, Graphics RAM: 320 MB GDDR3 (900 MHz), Stream Processors: 96
Hard DriveWestern Digital Raptor, 150 GB (WD1500ADFD), 10 000 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s, 16 MB Cache
Power SupplyPC Power & Cooling, Silencer 750EPS12V 750 W
Upgrades
Upgrade I: Platform
Motherboard
(Socket LGA 1156)
MSI P55A Fuzion (Rev. 1.0), Chipset: Intel P55, BIOS: 1.0 (07/12/2010)
CPU IntelIntel Core i7-870 (45 nm, 2.93 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2 and 8 MB L3 Cache, TDP 95 W, Rev. B1)
RAM DDR3 (dual)2 x 2 GB DDR-1333 (OCZ3G2000LV4GK)
Upgrade II: Graphics
Graphics CardMSI R5870 Lightning TwinFrozr II, GPU: Cypress (900 MHz), Graphics RAM: 1024 MB GDDR5 (2400 MHz), Stream Processors: 1600
Upgrade III: Hard Drive/SSD
SSDG.Skill Phoenix 100 GB SSD (FM-25S2S-100GBP1), SandForce SF-1200, SATA 3 Gb/s
System Software & Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 Ultimate x64
Updated on 2010-07-29
Drivers and Settings
ATI Radeon DriverATI Catalyst 10.7 Suite for Windows 7
Nvidia GeForce DriverGeForce Driver Release 256 258.96
Intel Chipset DriversChipset Installation Utility Ver. 9.1.1.1025
Intel Storage DriversMatrix Storage Drivers Ver. 8.​9.​0.​1023
3D Games Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
Grand Theft Auto IVVersion: 1.0.3
Video Mode:
- 1680x1050, - Aspect Ratio: Auto, - All options: Low, - View Distance: 10, - Detail Distance: 100, - Vehicle Density: 100, - Shadow Density: 16, - Definition: On, - Vsync: Off, In-game Benchmark
Left 4 DeadVersion: 1.0.0.5
Video Mode: 1680x1050
Game Settings
- Anti Aliasing: None
- Filtering: Trilinear
- Wait for vertical sync: Disabled
- Shader Detail: Medium
- Effect Detail: Medium
- Model/Texture Detail: Medium
Demo: THG Demo 1
Left 4 Dead
High Qualtity Settings
Version: 1.0.0.5
Video Mode: 1680x1050
Game Settings
- Anti Aliasing: 8x
- Filtering: Anisotropic 16x
- Wait for vertical sync: Disabled
- Shader Detail: Very High
- Effect Detail: High
- Model/Texture Detail: High
Demo: THG Demo 1
Left 4 Dead 2Version: 1.0.0.5
Video Mode: 1680x1050
Game Settings
- Anti Aliasing: 4x MSAA
- Filtering: Anisotropic 8x
- Wait for vertical sync: Disabled
- Shader Detail: High
- Effect Detail: High
- Model/Texture Detail: High
Demo: THG Demo 1
Audio Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
iTunesVersion: 9.0.3.15
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min.
Convert to AAC audio format
Lame MP3Version 3.98.3
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min.
Convert WAV to MP3 audio format
Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kbps)
Video Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
HandBrake CLIVersion: 0.94
Video: Big Buck Bunny (720x480, 23.972 frames) 5 Min.
Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-Channel, English
to
Video: AVC1 Audio1: AC3 Audio2: AAC (High Profile)
MainConcept Reference v2Version: 2.0.0.1555
MPEG-2 to H.264
MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
28 sec. HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2)
Audio:
MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, 2-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kbps)
Codec: H.264 Pro
Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS)
Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
Application Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
7-ZipVersion 9.1 beta
LZMA2
Syntax "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload
WinRARVersion 3.92
RAR
Syntax "winrar a -r -m3"
Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload
WinZip 14Version 14.0 Pro (8652)
WinZIP Commandline Version 3
ZIPX
Syntax "-a -ez -p -r"
Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010Version: 10 x64
Rendering Space Flyby Mentalray (SPECapc_3dsmax9)
Frame: 248
Resolution: 1440 x 1080
CineBench 11.5Version 11.5 Build CB25720DEMO
CPU Test single- and multi-threaded
Adobe Photoshop CS 4 (64-Bit)Version: 11
Filtering a 16 MB TIF (15000x7266)
Filters:
Radial Blur (Amount: 10; Method: zoom; Quality: good)
Shape Blur (Radius: 46 px; custom shape: Trademark sysmbol)
Median (Radius: 1px)
Polar Coordinates (Rectangular to Polar)
Adobe Acrobat 9 ProfessionalVersion: 9.0.0 (Extended)
== Printing Preferenced Menu ==
Default Settings: Standard
== Adobe PDF Security - Edit Menu ==
Encrypt all documents (128-bit RC4)
Open Password: 123
Permissions Password: 321
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007Version: 2007 SP2
PPT to PDF
Powerpoint Document (115 Pages)
Adobe PDF-Printer
FritzFritz Chess Benchmark Version 4.3.2
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.02 Patch 1901
Options: Performance
Graphics Test 1
Graphics Test 2
CPU Test 1
CPU Test 2
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.0.2.0 Patch 1901
PCMark Benchmark
Memories Benchmark
SYSmark 2007 PreviewVersion 1.05
SiSoftware Sandra 2010Version: 2010.1.16.10
Processor Arithmetic, Cryptography, Memory Bandwith
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