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Benchmark Setup And Software

Echo Express Pro: Desktop Graphics In A Thunderbolt Chassis
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Testing Notes:

Only a handful of Thunderbolt-enabled motherboards are available today, aside from Apple's Macs. However, in order to compare the native performance of a high-end PCI Express device to the Echo Express Pro operating over Thunderbolt, we require a desktop machine. The same comparison wouldn't be possible on a notebook. Naturally, you can expect similar results from a mobile platform.

MSI's  Z77A-GD80 with built-in Thunderbolt support gives us the connectivity we need to create a performance-oriented head-to-head.

Test Hardware
Processor
Intel Core i5-2400 (Sandy Bridge), 32 nm, 3.1 GHz, LGA 1155, 6 MB Shared L3, Turbo Boost Enabled
Motherboard
MSI Z77A-GD80 v1.1
Memory
Kingston Hyper-X 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 @ DDR3-1333, 1.5 V
System Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.5
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Palit GeForce GTX 460 1 GB
AMD Radeon HD 6970 2 GB
Power Supply
Seasonic 760 W, 80 PLUS Gold
System Software and Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 x64 Ultimate
DirectX
DirectX 11
DriverGraphics: Nvidia 301.42, Catalyst 12.6
RST: 10.6.0.1002
Virtu: 1.2.114
Benchmarks
ATTO Benchmark
v2.46
Battlefield 3
1920x1080, Thunder Run intro, Ultra Quality
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
1920x1080, Crushblow to The Krazzworks, Ultra Quality, DX11
CLBenchmark
v1.1
LuxMark
v1.0
3DMark11
v1.03, Performance, Extreme
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