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Test System Configuration And Benchmarks

System Builder Marathon, June 2010: $550 Gaming PC
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$550 Gaming PC System Test Configuration

Component
Base Settings
Overclock Settings
CPU
AMD Athlon II X3 435 (Rana), 2.90 GHz
2,000 MHz HyperTransport Link, 2,000 MHz Northbridge, No L3 Cache
3.556 GHz (14x 254 MHz), 1.488V
2,032 MHz HyperTransport Link, 2,540 MHz Northbridge
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper TX3
Unchanged
Motherboard
Asus M4A77TD
AMD 770/SB710, BIOS V2007 (04/14/10)
Unchanged
RAM
2GB Crucial PC3-10600 CTKIT12864BA1339
2 x 2,048MB, DDR3-1333, CL 9-9-9-24 at 1.5V
DDR3-1355, CL 8-8-8-24 at 1.6V
Graphics
PowerColor AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB
850 MHz GPU, 1,200 MHz GDDR5
910 MHz GPU, 1,410 MHz GDDR5
Hard Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ
500GB, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache
Unchanged
Sound
Integrated 7.1-Channel HD Audio
Unchanged
Network
Integrated Gigabit Networking
Unchanged
Power
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3 500W
Unchanged
Optical
Samsung Black 22x DVD Burner SATA Model SH-S223C
Unchanged
Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
Unchanged
Graphic Driver
AMD Catalyst 10.4
Unchanged
Platform Driver
AMD 770/SB710 Chipset Rev. 636.02
Unchanged
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
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
DiRT 2
In-game benchmark, DX11
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 8x AA
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Campaign, Act III, Second Sun (45 sec. FRAPS)
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call Of Pripyat
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat Benchmark version
Test Set 1: High Preset, DX11 EFDL, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Preset, DX11 EFDL, 4x MSAA
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunes
Version:9.0.2.25 x64
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
HandBrake 0.9.4
Version 0.9.4
Convert first .vob file from "The Last Samurai" (1GB) to .MP4, High Profile
TMPEGEnc 4.0 Xpress
Version: 4.7.3.292
Import File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 9.6.1
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
Xvid 1.2.2
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)
Productivity
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010
Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 9.0
Version: 9.0.663, Virus base: 270.14.1/2407, Benchmark: Scan 334MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90
Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4,096KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334MB)
7-Zip
Version 4.65: Format=Zip, Compression=Ultra, Method=Deflate, Dictionary Size=32KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Version 11.0 Extended (64-bit)
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates filters
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark Vantage
Version: 1.0.2, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark Vantage
Version: 1.0.1.0 x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2010
Version 2010.1.16.11, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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