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Test System Configuration And Benchmarks

System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $400 Gaming PC
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$400 Gaming PC System Test Configuration                                             

Component
 Base Settings
Overclock Setting
CPU
AMD Athlon II X3 440 (Rana), 3.0 GHz, 1.4 V
2000 MT/s HyperTransport Link, 2000 MT/s Northbridge, No L3 Cache
Four Cores, 3.210 GHz (15 x 214 MHz), 1.3125 V
1926 MT/s HT Link, 2140 MT/s Northbridge
CPU Cooler
AMD Boxed Heatsink And Fan
Unchanged
Motherboard
ASRock M3A770DE, AMD 770/SB710, BIOS P1.50 (04/15/10)
Unchanged
RAM
2 GB Crucial PC3-10600 CTKIT12864BA1339
2 x 1 GB, DDR3-1333, CL 9-9-9-24 1T at 1.5 V
DDR3-1426, CL 8-8-8-24 1T at 1.65 V
Graphics
PowerColor AX5670 512MD5-H Radeon HD 5670 512 MB
775 MHz GPU, 1000 MHz GDDR5
850 MHz GPU, 1050 MHz GDDR5
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS, 250 GB, 72000 RPM, 8 MB Cache
Unchanged
Sound
Integrated 7.1-Channel HD Audio
Unchanged
Network
Integrated Gigabit Networking
Unchanged
Power
Cooler Master Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W
Unchanged
Optical
Samsung Black 22x DVD Burner SATA Model SH-S223C
Unchanged
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
Unchanged
Graphics Driver
AMD Catalyst 10.7
Unchanged
Platform Driver
AMD All-in-1 Ver. 8.631_W7_logo
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 Warefare 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
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 (1.0 GB) 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 6.9.1
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 kbp/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 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90
Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
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
Sythetic 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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