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System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2011: System Value Compared
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Test Hardware Configurations
  $2400 Perfomance PC  $1200 Enthusiast PC  $600 Gaming PC 
Motherboard
(Overclock)
MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3)
LGA 1155, Intel Z68 Express
O/C at 102 MHz BCLK
Biostar TA990FXE
Socket AM3+, AMD 990FX
O/C at 207 MHz RCLK
MSI PH61A-P35
LGA-1155, Intel H61 Express
No O/C
Processor
(Overclock)
Intel Core i7-2600K
3.40 GHz, Four Physical Cores
O/C to 4.60 GHz, 1.37 V
AMD FX-6100
3.3 - 3.9 GHz, Six Cores
O/C to 4.45 GHz at 1.476 V
Intel Core i5-2400
3.1 GHz, Four Cores
No O/C
Memory
(Overclock)
8 GB Corsair DDR3-1600
CAS 8-8-8-24, O/C at 1.60 V
to DDR3-1636 CL 7-8-7-12
4 GB Mushkin DDR3-1600
CAS 7-8-7-24, O/C at 1.50 V
to DDR3-1380 CL 7-8-8-24
4 GB Wintec DDR3-1333
CAS 9-9-9-24, O/C at 1.65 V
to DDR3-1333 CL 7-7-7-20
Graphics
(Overclock)
2 x PNY GeForce GTX 580:
857 MHz GPU, GDDR5-4212
O/C to 951 MHz GDDR5-4312
2 x Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950:
870 MHz GPU, GDDR5-5000
O/C to 880 MHz GDDR5-5040
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870:
900MHz GPU, GDDR5-4200
O/C to 990 MHz, GDDR5-4720
OpticalLG WH12LS38 BD-RE
12x BD-R, 16x DVD±R
Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD±R/W
24x DVD±R, 48x CD-R
Samsung SH-222AB DVD±R/W
22x DVD±R, 48x CD-R
CaseFractal Design Arc MidiRosewill Challenger-U3Xigmatek Asgard II 
CPU CoolerPNY XLR8 Integrated Liquid CoolingXigmatek Gaia SD1283Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Hard DriveCrucial M4 128 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSDOCZ OCZSSD2-1VTXPL60G
60 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
Seagate ST3500413AS
500 GB, 7200 RPM HDD
PowerMushkin Joule MKNPSJL1000
1000 W, 80 PLUS Gold
Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2
650 W, 80 PLUS Bronze
Antec EarthWatts EA430D
430 W, 80 PLUS Bronze
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 285.62AMD Catalyst Graphics 11.11
ChipsetIntel INF 9.2.0.1030AMD Catalyst Platform 8.71Intel INF 9.2.0.1030
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 2Version 1.0.0.2, Built-In Benchmark "Concrete Jungle"
Test Set 1: Medium Details, No AA, 8x AF
Test Set 2: Highest Details, 8x AA, 16x AF
Metro 2033Full Game, Built-In Benchmark, "Frontline" Scene
Test Set 1: DX11, High, AAA, 4x AF, No PhysX, No DoF
Test Set 2: DX11, Very High, 4x AA, 16x AF, No PhysX, DoF On
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunesVersion 9.0.3.15 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 0.94: "Big Buck Bunny" (720x480, 23.972 FPS) 5 Minutes, Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, Six-Channel, English, to Video: AVC Audio: AC3 Audio2: AAC (High Profile)
MainConcept ReferenceVersion: 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, Two-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
Productivity
Adobe Photoshop CS5Version 12.0 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010Version 12.0 x64: Space Flyby Mentalray, 248 Frames, 1440x1080
WinZipVersion 14.0 Pro: THG-Workload (464 MB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"
WinRARVersion 4.0 Beta 4: THG-Workload (464 MB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"
7-ZipVersion 9.2: THG-Workload (464 MB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
ABBYY FineReaderVersion 10.0.102.82: Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark 11Version: 1.0.1.0, Benchmark Only
PCMark 7Version: 1.0.4 x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2011Version 2011.1.17.15, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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