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Test System Configuration And Benchmarks

System Builder Marathon, May '09: $600 Gaming PC
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$600 Gaming PC System Test Configuration

Components
Base Settings
Overclock Settings

CPU
Intel Pentium E5200 2.50 GHz, FSB-800, 2 MB Cache
 3.497 GHz (10.5x 333 MHz), FSB1333, 1.224V Core
CPU Cooler
Intel Boxed Heatsink/Fan
Unchanged
Motherboard
ASRock G41M-LE
Intel G41, BIOS 1.60 (4/13/09)
Unchanged
RAM
4.0 GB G.Skill HK 6400, 2x 2048MB, DDR2-800, CL 4-4-4-12 at 1.90 V
Unchanged
Graphics
XFX GX260XADJF GeForce GTX 260 Core Edition, Core 216 896 MB
576 MHz GPU, 1,242 MHz Shader, 1,000 MHz (2,000 DDR) Memory
 663 MHz GPU, 1404 MHz Shader, 1150 MHz (2300 MHz DDR) Memory
Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500 GB, 7,200 RPM, 16 MB Cache
Unchanged
Sound
Integrated 7.1-Channel HD Audio
Unchanged
Network
Integrated Gigabit Networking
Unchanged
Power
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550 W ModularUnchanged
Optical
Lite-On 22X DVD Burner SATA Model iHAS322-08 retailUnchanged
Software and Drivers
Operating System
 Windows Vista Ultimate Edition 64-bit, Service Pack 1Unchanged
Graphics Driver
 GeForce 185.85 WHQL
Unchanged
Platform Drivers
 Intel 9.0.0.1011
Unchanged
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games Configuration
Crysis
Patch 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
Far Cry 2
DirectX 10, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 4x AA
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky
Average of 4 segments "A-Tested Object"
Test Set 1: DirectX 10, High EFDL, no MSAA
Test Set 2: DirectX 10, High EFDL, 4xMSAA
World In Conflict
Patch 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
iTunes 8
Version: 8.1.0.52 (x64)
Audio CD ("Terminator II"), 53 min.
Default format AAC
Lame MP3
Version: 3.98 64bits (07-04-2008)
Audio CD "Terminator II" SE, 53 min.
wave to MP3
TMPEG 4.6
Version: 4.6.3.268
Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.8.5
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
XviD 1.2.1
Display 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 kbp/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Productivity
Autodesk
Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8.5
Version: 8.5.287, Virus database 2094, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.80
Version 3.80, WinZIP Commandline Version 3.0, Compression = Best, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
WinZip 12
Version 12.0, Compression = Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark Vantage
Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark Vantage
Version: 1.00, System, Memories, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP3
Version 2009.4.15.92, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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