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Building A Liquid-Cooled MicroATX Gaming Monster
Test Hardware Configurations
 Ultimate Performance Mini PCSystem Builder Marathon $2000 PC
Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
LGA 1155, Intel Z68 Express
101.1 MHz BCLK
Gigbyte Z68XP-UD3
LGA 1155, Intel Z68 Express
102 MHz BCLK
Intel Core i7-2600K
3.40 GHz, Four Physical Cores
O/C to to 4.75 GHz, 1.38 V
Intel Core i7-2600K
3.40 GHz, Four Physical Cores
O/C to to 4.48 GHz, 1.36 V
8 GB G.Skill DDR3-2200
CAS 9-11-9-28, O/C at 1.65 V
to DDR3-2158 CL 10-10-10-30
8 GB G.Skill DDR3-1866
CAS 9-10-9-28, O/C at 1.60 V
to DDR3-1901 CL 9-10-9-16
2 x PNY GeForce GTX 580: 857 MHz GPU,  GDDR5-4212
O/C to 950 MHz GDDR5-4300
2 x EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR: 772 MHz GPU,  GDDR5-4008
No O/C
CaseFractal Design Arc MiniAntec Three Hundred Illusion
CPU CoolerPNY XLR8 Integrated Liquid CoolingCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Hard DriveCrucial m4 256 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSDAdata S511 120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
PowerSeasonic SS-850HT: 850 W, ATX12V v2.31, 80 PLUS Silver
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 280.26
ChipsetIntel INF

We compared today’s microATX build to our previous ATX build to see how much more performance its higher clock speeds would provide.

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Very High Quality, 8x AA
F1 2010V1.01, Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml
Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA
Just Cause 2Version, Built-In Benchmark "Concrete Jungle"
Test Set 1: Medium Details, No AA, 8x AF
Test Set 2: Highest Details, 8x AA, 16x AF
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
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 0.94: "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, 2-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
Adobe Photoshop CS5Version 12.0 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010Version 12.0 x64: Space Flyby Mentalray, 248 Frames, 1440x1080
WinZipVersion 14.0 Pro: THG-Workload (464 MB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"
WinRARVersion 4.0 Beta 4: THG-Workload (464 MB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"
7-ZipVersion 9.2: 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
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark 11Version:, Benchmark Only
PCMark 7Version: 1.0.4 x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2011Version 2011.1.17.15, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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