Other parts retained from our original build include a pair of A-Data’s super-fast S599 64 GB SSDs, based on SandForce's SF-1200 controller, making up a striped 128 GB array.
As before, Samsung’s Spinpoint F3 1 TB drive adds room for home movies, photos, and projects.
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212
This isn’t much of an upgrade from last time, but for the same price, we moved from Lite-On’s iHBS112 (OEM, plus software) to its retail iHBS212. Users still get the benefit of reading Blu-ray disks at low cost, and write performance remains the same at 12x BD-R, 2x BD-RE, and 16x DVD-R.
Improvements come in the form of LightScribe support and a nice-looking cardboard box. Few of our editors are willing to pay a premium for LightScribe-capable media, so we’ll leave it to you to decide which improvement is worth more.
- The Perfect PC?
- Graphics And Memory
- Case And Power
- Motherboard, CPU, And CPU Cooler
- System, Storage, And Optical Drives
- Hardware Installation
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Value Conclusion