Page 1:Gunning For Gold At $600
Page 2:CPU And Cooler
Page 3:Motherboard And Memory
Page 4:Graphics Card And Hard Drive
Page 5:Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Page 6:Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
Page 8:Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
Page 9:Results: Synthetics
Page 10:Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 11:Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
Page 12:Results: Audio And Video
Page 13:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 14:Results: Productivity
Page 15:Results: Compression
Page 16:Power Consumption And Temperatures
Page 17:Gaming Performance Summary
Page 18:Did We Accomplish Our Mission?
Graphics Card And Hard Drive
Graphics Card: HIS H785F1G2M Radeon HD 7850 1 GB
The affordable Radeon HD 7850 delivers amazing performance in a compact form factor that only requires one six-pin power connector. As expected, AMD's Pitcairn GPU gives us 1,024 shaders, an 860 MHz core clock rate, and 1 GB of GDDR5 memory operating at 1,200 MHz (4,800 MT/s).
This HIS card includes plenty of connectivity: one dual-link DVI-I connector, HDMI, and two mini-DisplayPort outputs. A CrossFire bridge, DVI-to-VGA adapter, and driver disc all come included with the most affordable Radeon HD 7850 at our disposal.
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500 GB
Seagate's 500 GB ST500DM002 gives us plenty of capacity, a 7,200 RPM spindle, 16 MB of data cache ,and a 6Gb/s SATA interface. We're not particularly thrilled about a limited two-year warranty, though.
- Gunning For Gold At $600
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Gaming Performance Summary
- Did We Accomplish Our Mission?