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Eurocom Racer 2.0 Review: Intel's Ivy Bridge Meets Nvidia's Kepler
Test System Configuration
 Eurocom Racer 2.0Clevo P150HMClevo X7200
CPUIntel Core i7-3820QM 2.7-3.7 GHz
4-cores 8-threads, 8 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i7-2960XM 2.7-3.7 GHz
4-cores 8-threads, 8 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i7-990X 3.46-3.73 GHz
6-cores 12-threads, 12 MB L3 Cache
ChipsetIntel HM77 Express PCHIntel HM65 Express PCHIntel X58 Express IOH / ICH10R
RAMSamsung M473B5273DH0-YK0
12 GB (3 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 C11
Samsung M471B5273DH0-CK0
8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 C11
Samsung M471B5273DH0-CK0
12 GB (3 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 C9
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 660M:
835 MHz, 1 GB GDDR5-4000
AMD Radeon HD 6990M:
715 MHz, 2 GB GDDR5-3600
AMD Radeon HD 6990M:
715 MHz, 2 GB GDDR5-3600
Graphics 2Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M:
620 MHz, 2 GB GDDR5-3000
Hard DriveIntel SSD 520 SSDSC2CW120A3
120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
Intel SSD 510 SSDSC2MH120A2
120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
Intel SSDSC2MH120A2
120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
SoundIntegrated HD AudioIntegrated HD AudioIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit NetworkingIntegrated Gigabit NetworkingIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerFSP 19 V, 9.47 A AdapterLi-Shin 20 V, 7.5 A AdapterChicony 20 V, 15 A Adapter
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 302.71AMD Catalyst 11.11

Now that Intel’s more mainstream family of Core i7s ships at the same clock rates as its previous-generation Extreme model, we think it’s a great time to look for added value from the Ivy Bridge design. Unfortunately, our two samples didn't include a common GPU. That part can’t be helped, since we no longer have access to either the older P150HM or its Radeon HD 6990M support kit.

Rather than dwell on the reasons why notebook vendors like Eurocom aren't able to leave us with long-term loaners for multi-generational component-level comparisons, we're taking the opportunity to see if Intel's slightly more powerful Ivy Bridge architecture is able to reach performance parity with the Gulftown-based Core i7-990X. We already had the data, and including it would be easy.

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
DiRT 3V1.01, Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml
Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA
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
StarCraft IIVersion 1.4.4, Tom's Hardware custom map
Test Set 1: High Texture, High Quality
Test Set 2: Ultra Textures, Extreme Quality
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunesVersion 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 0.95: "Big Buck Bunny" (720x480, 23.972 FPS) 5 Minutes, Audio: Dolby Digital, 48 000 Hz, Six-Channel, English, to Video: AVC Audio: AC3 Audio2: AAC (High Profile)
MainConcept ReferenceVersion: 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
Adobe Photoshop CS5Version 12.1 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2012Version 14.0 x64: Space Flyby Mentalray, 248 Frames, 1440x1080
WinZipVersion 15.5 Pro: THG-Workload (464 MB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"
WinRARVersion 4.01: THG-Workload (464 MB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"
7-ZipVersion 9.22: THG-Workload (464 MB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
ABBYY FineReaderVersion Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
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