How To: Get A 4 GHz Dual-Core For $120

Test Setup and Benchmarks

System Hardware
CPU I Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 (45nm, 2.53 GHz, 3MB L2 Cache)
CPU II Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (45nm, 3.16 GHz, 6MB L2 Cache)
Intel Chipset: P45 MSI P45 Diamond, Rev. 1.0
Intel P45, BIOS: 1.4
RAM 4x 1 GB DDR-1066 Crucial BL12864BA1608
HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.11, 500 GB
7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 32 MB cache
DVD Samsung SH-S183
Graphics Card GeCube Radeon HD 4850
GPU: 625 MHz
RAM: 512 MB GDDR3 (993 MHz)
Power Supply Coolermaster, ATX 2.3, 850 Watt
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS-9700 LED

System Software & Drivers
Operating System Windows Vista Enterprise Version 6.0 (Build 6000)
DirectX 10 DirectX 10 (Vista default)
DirectX 9 Version: April 2007
ATI Graphics Drivers Radeon 8.7 (Vista)
Intel Chipset INF:
Java Java Runtime Environment 6.0 Update 1

Motherboard: MSI P45 Diamond

Benchmarks and Settings

3D-Games Benchmarks and Settings
Benchmark Details
Crysis Version: 1.2.1
Video Mode: 1680x1050
Overall Quality: low
Demo: CPU-Benchmark2 + Tom’s Hardware Tool
Unreal Tournament 3 Version: 1.2
Video Mode: 1280x1024
Sound and DirectX10; Window off
Video Quality:
Texture Details: 1 Level Details: 1 Demo: vCTF-CONTAINMENT_fly Time: 12/60
World in Conflict Version:
Video Mode: 1280x1024
Video Quality: low details
Demo: Game-Benchmark

Audio Benchmarks and Settings
Benchmark Details
iTunes Version: Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min Default format AAC
Lame MP3 Version 3.98 Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min wave to mp3 160 Kbps

Video Benchmarks and Settings
Benchmark Details
Pinnacle Studio 12 Version:
Encoding and Transition Rendering
Private MPEG2-Cam-Movie
Video: 720 x 576 Pixel, PAL, 25 fps, 6000 Kbits/sec
Audio: MPEG Layer 2, 224 Kbits/sec 16 Bit, Stereo 44.1 KHz
File Type: MPEG-2 (DVD Compatible)
TMPEG 4.5 Version:
Vieo: Terminator 2 SE DVD (720x576, 16:9) 5 Minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-Kanal, English
Advanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160 kbps, 44.1 KHz)
DivX 6.8.3 Version: 6.8.3

- Main Menu -

- Codec Menu -
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
Enabled using SSE4 Quarter-pixel search
- Video Menu -
Quantization: MPEG-2
XviD 1.1.3 Version: 1.1.3

- Other Options / Encoder Menu -
Display encoding status = off
Mainconcept Reference 1.5.1
Reference H.264 Plugin Pro 1.5.1
Version: 1.5.1
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 kbps)
Codec: H.264
Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Profile: Tom’s Hardware Settings for Qct-Core

Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 HDTV
Mainconcept H.264 Plugin 3.2
Windows Media Encoder 9.1 AP HDTV
Windows Audio Encoder 10 Pro
Version: 3.0
NTSC MPEG2-HDTV 1920x1080 (24 sec)
Import: Mainconcept NTSC HDTV 1080i
Export: Adobe Media Encoder

- Video -
Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile
Encoding Passes: one
Bitrate Mode: Constant
Frame: 1920x1080
Frame Rate: 29.97
Maximum Bitrate [kbps]: 2000
Image Quality: 50.00

- Audio -
Windows Media Audio 10 Professional
Encoding Passes: one
Bitrate Mode: Constant
Audio Format: 160 kbps, 44.1 kHz, 2 channel 16 bit (A/V) CBR
HD Playback (Blu-ray) PowerDVD 8
Blu-ray - Disc (James Bond - Casino Royale)
Video Mode: 1920x1080p (full screen)
Codec: H.264

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
Benchmark Details
3DMark Vantage Version: 1.02
Options: Performance
Graphics Test 1
Graphics Test 2
CPU Test 1
CPU Test 2
SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2 Version 2008.5.14.24 CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark