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Test Settings And Benchmark Configuration

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For many bucks-up gamers, the big question is whether to choose a portable desktop or gaming notebook for their travels. Representing today’s portable desktop is Shuttle’s tiny SX58H7 SFF (Shuttle Form Factor) cube.

Please check out today’s notebook comparison for more details on the Eurocom comparison system.

Desktop To Mobile Graphics Comparison

 

GTX 280M Test System

GTX 280 Test System

Model

Eurocom D900F Panther

Shuttle SX58H7 Barebones

CPU

Intel Core i7 965
3.20 GHz, 8.0 MB Cache

Intel Core i7 920 at 3.20 GHz
200 MHz BCLK, 16x Multiplier

Chipset

Intel X58/ICH10R

Intel X58/ICH10R

RAM

6.0 GB DDR3-1066 CAS 7

6.0 GB DDR3-1200 CAS 8

Graphics

Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M
580 MHz GPU, GDDR3-1900

Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
602 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2214

HDD

2 x Seagate 7200.4 500 GB RAID 0

WD VelociRaptor WD30000HLFS

Sound

Integrated HD Audio

Integrated HD Audio

Networking

Integrated Gigabit LAN

Integrated Gigabit LAN

Software

OS

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1

Graphics

GeForce 185.85 Mobile

GeForce 185.85 Desktop


With too-few Core i7-965 Extreme processors to share amongst every editor, this editor chose to overclock the Shuttle’s barebones PC’s Core i7-920 to 3.20 GHz for a performance match to the Eurocom notebook’s Core i7-965 Extreme.

Eurocom included 6.0 GB of DDR3-1066 CAS 7-7-7-20 memory in its D900F Panther. Overclocking the comparison system’s base clock to achieve an identical CPU clock kept us from finding an exact match in DRAM speed, so the desktop instead used a DDR3-1200 setting with slower CAS 8-8-8-24 timings to produce similar performance.

To assure readers this was a fair comparison in spite of the change in base clock, we also added some CPU and memory benchmarks to this simple graphics comparison.

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

Far Cry 2

DirectX 10, in-game benchmark

Test Set 1: Very High Quality, No AA

Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 4x AA

STALKER 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, 4xMSAA

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

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.0.1, 3DMark score

SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP3

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


Because Eurocom needed its notebook back quickly, we were unable to add further benchmarks to today’s test and instead rely on the graphics portion of its system performance test suite.

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