Graphics Card: Sapphire 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1 GB
It only took an extra $10 to step up from a Radeon HD 6850 to the HD 6870, providing more ALUs and texture units, as well as higher core and memory clocks. This card features reference-class clock rates and and output connectivity.
Sapphire’s bundle includes a DVI-to-VGA adapter, two PCIe Molex power adapters (one of which we need to use in this build), and a DiRT 3 game coupon. Unfortunately, no Crossfire bridge connector is included; hopefully you get that in your motherboard kit.
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500 GB
Although our selected motherboard is limited to SATA 3Gb/s connectivity, the Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 gives us 500 GB of storage capacity, a 7200 RPM spindle speed, and 16 MB of cache at the low $40 starting point for internal storage drives.
- A Return To Overclocking
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010 And Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary, Efficiency, And Conclusion