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System Builder Marathon, May '09: $1,300 Enthusiast PC

$1,300 Portable Performance PC Test Settings


Standard Speed



DFI LANParty Jr X58-T3H6 Micro-ATX
Intel X58/ICH10R, LGA1366



Intel Core i7-920 2.66 GHz,
2.80 GHz Turbo, 133 MHz Bclk, 1.36 V (load)

 3.44 GHz at 1.296 V (load), 172 MHz Bclk


G.Skill 10666CL7T 6.0 GB DDR3-1064
3x 2.0 GB, CAS 8-8-8-19, 1.56 V

 DDR3-1378 at 1.56 V,
CAS 8-8-8-19


2x BFG GeForce GTX 260 in SLI
  896MB GDDR3-1998 Per Card
590 MHz GPU, 1,296 MHz shader

600 MHz GPU, 1,300 MHz shader, GDDR3-2060

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
7,200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3.0 Gb/s






SilverStone TJ08-B Micro-ATX Mini-Tower



PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad S75QB
750 W, ATX12V 2.2, 80-Plus Certified


CPU Cooler

Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283


Benchmark Configuration

3D Games


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: Very 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: High Preset, DirectX 10, EFDL, no MSAA
Test Set 2: High Preset, DirectX 10, EFDL, 4x MSAA

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: (x64)
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min
Default format AAC

Lame MP3

Version: 3.98 64bits (07-04-2008)
Audio CD "Terminator II," 53 min.
wave to MP3

TMPGEnc 4.6

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 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)


Autodesk 3ds Max 2009

Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)

Gisoft 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 Command line Version 3.0, Compression = Best, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)

WinZip 12

Version 12.0, Compression = Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores

PCMark Vantage

Version: 1.00, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player

SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP3

Version 2009.4.15.92, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark

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